white rhinoceros

variants: or white rhino

Definition of white rhinoceros 

: a rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) of southern and central Africa that is distinguished from the black rhinoceros especially by larger size and by a squared upper lip lacking a protrusion

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The southern white rhinoceros is closely related to the northern subspecies and, according to the World Wildlife Fund, is the only surviving rhino species classified as not endangered. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "With Hybrid Embryo, Scientists Are One Step Closer to Saving the Northern White Rhino," 5 July 2018 Northern white rhinoceroses are not evolutionary failures. Ben Guarino, Washington Post, "‘Beautiful’ embryos created from near-extinct rhinoceros sperm," 4 July 2018 Female white rhinoceros ovaries are located about 6.5 feet inside their bodies. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "How IVF might save northern white rhinos, the world's most endangered species," 4 July 2018 LouLou the southern white rhinoceros, who came to Phoenix around a year ago from San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Phoenix Zoo: What to know before you go. A helpful guide for families planning to visit," 11 Apr. 2018 The northern white rhinoceros has a long road back from the brink of extinction, but not all hope is lost for this subspecies. Elana Glowatz, Newsweek, "Northern White Rhino Extinction: Can Science Save the Subspecies?," 20 Mar. 2018 Although such hybrid embryos are not pure northern white rhinoceros, the researchers were able to show for the first time that the creation of such embryos is possible. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Northern white rhino could be saved from extinction using embryos," 5 July 2018 More than 39,000 African trophy animals — including 15 white rhinoceros and nearly 200 elephants — have been legally shipped through Seattle since 1999. Sarah Wu, The Seattle Times, "Meet Benny the dog, Washington’s newest weapon in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking," 22 June 2018 The death last month of the world’s last remaining male northern white rhinoceros was a red flag for the conservation movement and animal lovers everywhere. Robin Ganzert, Fortune, "Commentary: Want to Save the Earth? Start With Your Local Zoo.," 22 Apr. 2018

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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