The most interesting thing about this Africa Bush Elephant is that though they are named differently, but till few years back people used to believe that African Savannah Elephant and African Bush Elephant were the same, but this misconception was broken when a study in 2010 confirmed that these two are different species and there are several proofs of that too. The African Bush Elephant has round ears, which is completely different from that of African Savannah Elephants and even their toenails are different too.
On the other hand, if you look at the White rhinoceros, then you will find two subspecies. One is the Southern White Rhinoceros and the other one is the Northern White Rhinoceros. The Southern White Rhinoceros are still present in large numbers, but if you look at the Northern Whit Rhinoceros, then you will see that their numbers are soon decreasing.
There are 5 species of Rhinoceros and the White Rhinoceros is the largest of all the species. It is not only the largest one within the rhinoceros community, instead it is also considered to be the largest mammal as well. If you look into account, then you will find out that the largest rhinoceros weighs around 4500 kgs.
African Bush Elephant vs White Rhinoceros Comparison Table
|Animals|| Asian Elephant|| African Elephant|
|Species||C. simum||L. africana|
|Average Body Length||12.1 to 13.1 ft||16.4 – 24.6 ft|
|Max Tail Length||28 in||2.3 – 4 ft|
|Shoulder height||5.58 to 6.10 ft||10.8 on average|
|Average Weight||5,100 lb||12,130 lb|
|Area||Southern Africa||Eastern, southern and western Africa|
|Skin Color||Ranges from yellowish brown to slate grey||Grey/Brown with smoother|
|Average Life Span||40 – 50 years||60-70 years|
The duel between the African Bush Elephant and White Rhinoceros
The fight between these two will prove to be an interesting sight because both of these animals are strongly built and that is why it won’t be such an easy affair at all for both the parties. But, it seems that the speed and the horns that rhinoceros possesses will give him an upper hand and it will surely be able to strike first and that too quite hard.
The horns of the white rhinoceros are built of solid keratins and that is why you cannot compare it with the horns of other cattle. The front horn of the rhinoceros is bigger than the horn that is just behind the first horn. The White Rhinoceros though have such a huge body and strength, but it is herbivores and feed mainly on the shortest grains and grass and it is also known as the pure grazers amongst all its species. It has wide mouth, which is used for grazing and not for biting down the head of the predator because it is herbivores.
Now if these two kinds of animals of Savannah come face to face, then Rhinoceros will have an upper hand. If it uses its speed and horn, then the elephant will also have hard time protecting itself from the attacks of a white rhinoceros. The White Rhinoceros can run up to 50 km per hour of speed and if it uses its speed against the Elephant, then it is bound to bow down.
Though the elephant is strong enough and is quite large too, but of the rhinoceros goes under the belly of the elephant and strikes it with its horn, then the elephant will find it difficult to recover. Even the skin of the rhinoceros is much tougher as compared to that of African Bush Elephant, so even though elephant can use its 5.5 tonne of feet to get even with the rhinoceros, but that wouldn’t be too easy because the rhinoceros is much more agile than the Elephant.