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White RhinocerosCeratotherium simumThe white rhinoceros is the largest of the rhino species and also the most peaceful. The white rhino is not actually white. Its name comes from the Afrikaans word “weit,” meaning “wide” and describing the shape of its mouth. As with other rhinos, the two horns on the end of the white rhino’s nose are not made of bone but are actually hardened deposits of keratin fibers, which is the same protein in hair. The white rhino has very poor eyesight and relies on its sense of smell. In fact, its olfactory passages are larger than its brain. All rhinos are vegetarians, and the white rhino lives almost entirely on grass. It eats so much grass that it is one of the few animals classified as a “megaherbivore.”