(Ceratotherium simum simum)
The Southern White Rhino is the second largest land mammal. They are grazers, found on the grassy savannahs of Southern Africa. Despite their name, Southern White Rhino's are actually grey in colour. The name is a misinterpretation of the Afrikaans word "weit" meaning wide. These wide muscular lips are used for grazing grasses. The large nuchal hump found on the top of the shoulder is filled with muscles and ligaments used to pull the head up from the grazing position. It is more noticeable on White Rhinos than in other Rhino species.
Southern White Rhinos live in thick bush covered savannahs, woodlands, and grasslands of long and short grasses for grazing. They spend half the day grazing, a third resting, and the rest of the time wallowing, scratching on tree stumps and renovating the landscape. The wallow in the landscape is just as important as the food, water and shelter. The mud is used as sun screen, to keep the biting insects off and a beauty aid to remove dead skin.
Southern White Rhinoceros Profiles
Age: 19 Years (DOB 10/7/1994)
Weight: 1602kg (3524.4lbs)
Pronounced KA-BARL-EE, she was born in South Africa's Kruger National Park. Caballe moved to New Zealand and became a resident of Hamilton Zoo from 1999 - July 2010. During this time she gave birth to three calves. Caballe made the journey to Australia Zoo in August 2010 and was pregnant when she arrived, later giving birth to a healthy baby girl, Savannah. Caballe is a very patient and protective mother.
Caballe is currently pregnant with her fifth calf and is now beginning to show the first signs of wanting to wean Savannah (who now weighs over 900Kg!).
Age: 11 Years (DOB 21/8/2002)
Weight: 1980kg (4356lbs)
Ganini- more commonly known as DJ was born at the Werribee Open Range Zoo in Victoria on 21 August 2002. DJ was born during a severe storm, and unable to endure the harsh conditions, he was brought in to be hand-raised.
He is very easy going and loves to be hand fed and given pats and mud baths as well as roll in his mud wallow and to scratch on his logs. His favourite food is oaten hay with a mixture of lucerne. He enjoys spending time in his large behind-the-scenes day yards or on display in the African Savannah. DJ's favourite activity is to take naps in the middle of the day, but some evenings he will be very mischievous run laps of the savannah, chasing the giraffes or zebras before coming in for dinner and bed.
DJ is now awaiting the births of his first two babies from our female rhinos, Caballe and Inyeti.
Age: 9 Years (DOB 26/1/2005)
Weight: 1840kg (4048lbs)
Inyeti arrived at Australia Zoo in July 2010 from Western Plains Zoo in NSW. She is a 6 year old female and currently weighs in at a hefty 1610kg.
She can be quite a flighty young lady and can be easily upset by anything strange in her environment, however the easiest way to calm her down is by giving her a nice rub under her chin. All of our rhinos love getting pats and rubs from their keepers, but Inyeti probably loves it more than any of them. She will close her eyes and lean in as soon as she sees your hand coming in for a pat and her face softens into a blissful state as you oblige her with a nice chin or belly scratch. She is an incredibly sweet girl and is adored by all of her keepers.
Inyeti is very responsive during her morning training sessions, lifting her feet, opening her mouth so her keepers can see her teeth, standing still for ultra-sound imaging or moving into position so keepers can access all parts of her body for general health checks. She is even happy with her keepers giving her injections or taking blood samples. It was through these blood samples that we confirmed that Inyeti is pregnant and expecting her first calf!
Age: 7 Years (DOB 4/10/2006)
Jabari is the youngest of our three gorgeous Southern White Rhinos. He arrived with his brother Kei from Western Plains Zoo in May 2009, and immediately won the hearts of all of his keepers with his cheeky personality.
Jabari is very mischievous and loves stirring trouble amongst the other rhinos. But when something frightens him, Jabari looks to Kei for reassurance.
Despite his size, Jabari is a very sweet and gentle young rhino; he will always be the "little one" to his adoring keepers.
Age: 8 Years (DOB 6/2/2006)
Kei is one of our lovely Southern White Rhinos. He arrived from Western Plains Zoo in May 2009, accompanied with his half brother Jabari.
Kei is a delight to work with. He is just like a one-and-a-half tonne puppy! Kei enjoys playing in the mud and loves anyone who gives him a good belly-scratch.
Every morning Kei wanders over to his keepers for some pampering. He closes his eyes, stretches is legs out and waits for his daily scratch.
Who would have thought an animal as big and tough as a rhino would enjoy so much love and affection!
Age: 1 Year (DOB 7/2/2013)
Born on the 7th of February, Mango is the first calf for parents DJ and Inyeti. Being a young rhino means there is a lot to explore and learn about this big wide world, and that's exactly what Mango has been up to! With mum keeping a watch out for danger, Mango is free to run and play without a care in the world. Mango is not only gaining weight every day, but also confidence. In the first couple of weeks of her life, she was quite nervous but as she has learned that people mean rubs, she now can't get enough of our attention! She loves getting her daily scratches from the keepers and will often roll over and expect a belly rub. She has sudden bursts of energy and bounds around the savannah paddock with her mum Inyeti, and is often seen shadowing Savannah, our other young rhino, two years Mango's senior. Once she has work herself out, she loves to get in the mud wallow and cool off before a big long sleep. It's a tough life!!
Age: 3 Years (DOB 12/4/2011)
Weight: 906kg (1993.2lbs)
Rhino calves are not born with horns - they grow horns when they are older. Rhino calves are weaned at around three months to two years.
Savannah is growing extremely fast and it won't be long until she catches up to mum and pseudo-aunty Inyeti. As she grows, so does her personality. Savannah is very persistent and loves getting things her own way, often being very cheeky and mischievous. She delights her keepers on a daily basis when she calls to her mother for milk... sounding very much like a whale singing in the ocean. Savannah also loves eating hay which means her keepers have begun training her to do all of the things that the adult rhinos do.