Wildlife in Serengeti-Park
White Rhinoceros | Ceratotherium simum
The Serengeti-Park is very proud of its large group of Southern white rhinos and their offspring! Since the opening of the park in 1974, more than 40 hatchlings have been born there, romping over the wide areas and enchanting our visitors. White rhinos are the second largest land mammals on earth. They reach a shoulder height of up to 1.90 meters. Do you have any idea how heavy a rhino gets? Males weigh up to 3.6 tons!
White rhinos can hear and smell very well, but they cannot see very far, which may be due to the position of their big horn. The white rhino has two horns, the front can reach a length of up to 1.5 meters! Many stories surround the horn. In Asia, some people believe that the grated horn increases potency or has healing powers against cancer. Poachers therefore obtain high prices with the horn. However, all the stories are fictional because the horn consists only of keratin fibers, the material that our hair is made of. Unfortunately, this superstition has caused rhinos to be hunted down by humans. Despite strict conservation measures, Northern White Rhinoceros are now extinct in the wild, just two specimens are still living in the Ol Pejeta Reserve in Kenya. The Southern White Rhinoceros is more widespread and lives in small groups in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland. Here, the protective measures have helped. The Serengeti-Park has come up with a real adventure in support of conservation. In 1996, for the first time in history, a European-born rhino was successfully released into the Etosha National Park in Africa! The famous rhinoceros, Kai has settled in well in the great outdoors. This success is a huge pleasure for the park!