White rhinoceros (Square-lipped rhinoceros) (Ceratotherium simum)

One of the 'five largest' animals in Africa. Its body length reaches up to 4 metres, it weights up to 2.3 tons. His relentless extermination almost until the 1970-s, the continued poaching and the species anxiety, reduced its number to 20 000 individuals in the the wild. A relative — the Wooly rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis) was grazing over the vast Pleistocene steppes incl. the present day Bulgarian plains. The adult female specimen of the NMNHS is the sole stuffed rhinoceros exhibit in museums on the Balkan Peninsula.
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