The average adult female white rhinoceros weighs 1.8 tons, while the average adult male weighs 2.3 tons. In terms of size among land mammals, the rhinoceros is second only to elephants.
The scientific name of the white rhinoceros is Ceratotherium simum. One of five living species of rhinoceros, this species is commonly referred to as the square-lipped rhinoceros. Native to Africa, the giant animals attain their size through an herbivore diet. Their square-shaped lips allow them to tear up large sections of grass for consumption. These lips, combined with short legs and a long head held close to the ground, make white rhinoceros perfect grass grazers.Learn More
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) gives the average weight of an African elephant as 6 tons. The typical weight of an African elephant varies according to the animal's gender and age.Full Answer >
A baby elephant weighs approximately 200 pounds at birth and stands around three feet tall. Baby elephants grow significantly; adult elephants reach weights between 5,000 and 14,000 pounds, and they stand up to 13 feet tall.Full Answer >
The average African elephant weighs between 2.5 and 7 tons, and the average Asian elephant weighs anywhere from 2.5 to 5.5 tons. Given its size, the African elephant is the largest living land mammal on Earth.Full Answer >
A tusk from an adult male elephant weighs between 100 and 175 pounds, according to SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, while a tusk from an adult female elephant weighs between 40 and 44 pounds. The heaviest tusk ever recorded weighed in at 220 pounds.Full Answer >