Black Rhino (Rinoceronte Negro) ūü¶Ź

The Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis), which actually has a coloration that varies from brown to gray, is one of the largest animals in Africa, reaching up to two meters in height and 1,500 kilograms. It inhabits Angola, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, and has been successfully reintroduced to countries such as Botswana, Eswatini, Malawi and Zambia.

This extremely versatile animal can adapt to desert areas as well as more forested areas, and can live between 15 and 20 years. However, despite this, this species is critically endangered, according to the IUCN, in Cameroon and Chad, and is suspected to be extinct in Ethiopia as well.

The black rhino occupies a variety of habitats, including open plains, sparse thorn bushes, savannahs, thickets and dry forests, as well as montane forests and heathlands at high altitudes.

Scientific name: Diceros bicornis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common name: Black Rhino
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Placentalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Superfamily: Rhinocerotoidea
Family: Rhinocerotidae
Genre: Diceros
Species: Diceros bicornis

Except for females and their offspring, black rhinos are solitary. Females only reproduce every two and a half to five years. Your only cub doesn’t live alone until it’s three years old.

Black rhinos feed at night and during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk. Under the hot African sun, they hide in the shade. Rhinos are also gravediggers.

They often find a suitable water hole and roll around in the mud, covering their skin with a natural insect repellent and sunscreen.

Rhinos have acute hearing and a keen sense of smell. They can find each other by following the scent trail that each huge animal leaves behind in the landscape.

Risk of Extinction

  • In the last century, its population
    has suffered a drastic decline
  • Between 1970 and 1992, the population
    of this species decreased by 96%.
  • Currently 3,100 animals are living in the wild areas


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