|Body Weight||c. 2,300 kg (5,100 lb)||c. 1,800 kg (4,000 lb)|
|Head and Body Length||360-420 cm (12-14 ft)||360-420 cm (12-14 ft)|
|Tail Length||80-100 cm (3 ft)||80-100 cm (3 ft)|
|Shoulder Height||170-185 cm (5.6-6.10 ft)||170-185 cm (5.6-6.10 ft)|
Differences between white and black rhinos
|Attribute||White Rhino||Black Rhino|
|Relative Size||Larger; largest extant species of rhino.||Smaller|
|Highest Point||Crests of dorsal vertebrae on the saddle area of the back
||Location farther back, towards the pelvis|
|Upper Lip||Broad, flat||Pointed, prehensile|
|Hump||Flexible neck; large bulge (nuchal hump) visible on dorsal side of the neck.||No nuchal hump|
|Resting Posture||Tend to hold the head low during rest||Hold head up during rest|
|Anterior (front) Horn||Leading edge at base tends to be straight||Leading edge at base more rounded|
|Hoof Tracks||Tracks longer; outer toes more separated from center; prominent notch along back edge||Tracks less elongate, no back edge notch|
White rhinos are stocky and nearly hairless. The most noticeable hair fringes the ears and tips the tail. Their broad flat upper lip is specialized to help secure grass, unlike the prehensile lip of the black rhino.
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