Permission from Richard Wainscoat (www.wainscoat.com)
- The white rhino's reproductive
cycle is fairly simple. The female has a gestation period
of about 16 months and much like humans will generally only
produce one litter. The baby rhino, also known as a calf,
is usually up and around in about 3 days. When getting
ready to mate, the males have been known to folllow the females
long distances to get her to accept him as her partner.
Sometimes playful horn fighting occurs but its usually just
nudging or bumping.
- After having a baby, the same female rhino won't have
another one for about 2-3 years. If they birthed more
than one litter and/or had less time between births, it is
very possible that with protection the white rhino might not
be on the endangered species list anymore.
- Not only are rhinos the second biggest terrestrial
animals, but they also can rival the life of humans.
Most rhinos can live between 25 and 50 years, however
there are exceptions to every rule. This is pretty
amazing considering that they live in what most would
call harder conditions.