Rhinoceros meeting hard - Mating Habits

Rhinoceros meeting hard - Mating Habits


Little is known about the mating system of White rhinos, although they are suggested to be polygynous. During the reproductive season, females come into males' territories to mate. Dominant, solitary bulls mate with each female for 1-3 weeks. The male and the female spend time chasing each other, clashing horns, and communicating through various calls. After the lapse of this period, the female leaves. 

White rhinos may mate at any time of year, although they generally do so during the summer and autumn months. A single calf is born after 16 months of gestation. The newborn baby weighs approximately 50 kg. The young rhino is quite active immediately after birth. Weaning occurs within 1-2 years old. At 2-3 years old, the young rhino is kicked away by its mother, who mates again. Males of this species are ready to breed at 10-12 years old, whereas females are earlier - at 6 years of age.


Mating Habits

MATING BEHAVIOR - Polygyny

REPRODUCTION SEASON - year-round, peaks in summer and autumn

PREGNANCY DURATION - 16 months

BABY CARRYING - 1 calf

INDEPENDENT AGE - 2-3 years

FEMALE NAME - cow

MALE NAME - bull

BABY NAME - calf

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