The white or square lipped rhino are grey in colour like their cousins. The confusion may have come about due to the Dutch word for wide – wijd – or the Afrikaans word – wyd, which is pronounced vate. White rhino have a wide mouth and usually graze on grass, whilst their cousins the black rhino have a hooked lip and usually browse on leafy bushes. Being grazers white rhino are usually found in larger numbers out on the grassland and are more sociable, whereas black rhino tend to be more solitary.
There are two subspecies of white rhino: the northern and the southern. The northern white rhino is almost extinct, with just two animals left, both females, which live on the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya and are guarded 24/7. The southern white rhino however has been a conservation success story. Due to the persistent efforts of conservationists the numbers of white rhino are now about 21,000 and increasing. Most are found in private reserves in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya.