The difference between black and white

Pamushana | January 2017

Also doing precisely the same thing, although without the knowledge of the other, and simply wanting to drink at a waterhole, were this black rhino (first image) and white rhino (second image).

Here’s how to tell the species apart:


  • The black rhino (Diceros bicornis) is smaller and stands at approximately 1.6 m tall at the shoulder.
  • The white rhino (Ceratotherium simum) stands at approximately 1.8 m tall at the shoulder.


  • The black rhino weighs up to 1 400 kg.
  • The white rhino weighs over 2 000 kg.


  • The black rhino has less of a pronounced hump on the back of its neck, and has a smaller head.
  • The most distinguishable characteristic between a black and a white rhino is that a black rhino has a hooked lip, whereas a white rhino has a wide flat-based lip.