Woolly rhinoceros

Remembering the ice age giant: exploring the world of the woolly rhinoceros, a prehistoric colossus that braved the frozen frontiers of the past

Benjamin Langlois – Illustration

A magnificent creature that roamed the frozen tundras of Europe and Asia during the last ice age. Known for its shaggy coat of fur, fearsome horns, and massive size, the woolly rhinoceros was a true behemoth of the prehistoric world. It was also a survivor, thriving in some of the harshest conditions on Earth and enduring thousands of years of extreme climate changes.

But despite its impressive adaptations, the woolly rhinoceros was not immune to the forces of extinction. The last of its kind likely perished around 10,000 years ago, leaving behind nothing but bones and memories. Today, the woolly rhinoceros serves as a fascinating symbol of a bygone era and a testament to the tenacity of life in the face of adversity.


Population est.
Official estimate
Extinct 14,000 years ago
Official estimate
Extinct 14,000 years ago

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No