You can tell a White Rhino from a Black Rhino by looking at their lips


Despite their names, Black and White rhinos are similar in colour. So how do you tell them apart? One of the best ways to figure out what kind of rhino you are looking at is to check out their lips. A Black rhinoceros has lips that are prehensile, which means they are designed to grab things, this feature comes in handy as they feed on leaves and twigs. Their cousins the White rhinoceros has square lips that are designed for grazing.

black rhino, Diceros bicornis
Black Rhino. Photo Credit: Lucky Mavrandonis

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  1. I always thought the difference was the colour of their skin or the shape of their horns, not their lips. Rhinos are interesting.