By Josie  April 19th, 2023




These two amazing creatures both feature in the famous “big 5” and are some of the most sought-after safari animals.

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The elephant is the largest land mammal, can weigh up to 6 tons.

An adult rhino typically weighs around 2 tons on average.

Elephants are most commonly found in savannahs or forests, while rhinos typically make their homes in grasslands and other open spaces with lush vegetation.

Elephant Vs. Rhino: Habitat

An elephant’s diet consists mostly of plants such as tree bark, leaves, and fruits.

A rhino’s diet is primarily grasses and other low-lying vegetation.

Elephant Vs. Rhino: Diet

Female elephants usually stay together in family groups known as herds, with a matriarch leading the group on their long-distance journeys through Africa’s savannahs or forests.

Elephant Herds

Elephant herds use tactile communication, such as trunk-to-trunk contact, to reinforce social bonds.

Rhinos often live as solitary animals or sometimes in small groups of four or five individuals (with one dominant adult.)

Rhino Groups

They are territorial and can be aggressive toward if provoked.

Rhinos rely upon scent cues and aggressive behavior during mating season.

The elephant is listed as vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN Red List


In contrast, the rhino is critically endangered according to the IUCN Red List

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