(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: 24 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 has since given birth to another two calves while living here at the Zoo, most recently a baby boy born in October 2015.
Caballe is a very patient and protective mother.
Age: 15 Years (DOB 21/8/2002)
Weight: 1980kg (4356lbs)
DJ was born at the Werribee Open Range Zoo in Victoria on 21 August 2002. DJ was born during a severe storm, and as he was unable to endure the harsh conditions, he and his mother were given a helping hand by staff to get him through his first few days. He quickly recovered from his difficult start to life and has grown into an impressive, handsome and very gentle giant.
DJ weighs in at a hefty 2.2tonnes but is a very sweet natured, easy going boy and loves soaking up as much attention as he can get. He will often lie down when being given pats so that keepers can give him a good tummy rub.
DJ spends his time in his large behind-the-scenes paddocks and shares his paddock with one of his females - he loves hanging out with the girls and gets quite sulky if they don't want to hang out with him.
He became a first time dad in 2013, and has since sired two more calves. DJ is a wonderful father, very patient and gentle with the calves and will often appear to pretend they are tougher than him.
Age: 13 Years (DOB 26/1/2005)
Weight: 1840kg (4048lbs)
Inyeti arrived at Australia Zoo in July 2010 from Western Plains Zoo in NSW.
She can be quite a nervous girl at times and can be easily put off by anything strange in her environment. However the easiest way to calm her down is by giving her a nice rub under her chin or tummy. 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 keeper interactive 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. Inyeti gave birth to Mango in 2013 and since Mango has joined a breeding programme at another zoo, Savannah has become Inyeti's best friend with the two enjoying hanging out together on the Africa paddock.