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Black Rhinoceros

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Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) at Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Black Rhino, ZOO, Czech Republic
Black Rhino, ZOO, Czech Republic
Black Rhinoceros, Masai Mara, Kenya
Black Rhinoceros, Masai Mara, Kenya
The black rhinoceros (also known as the hook-lipped rhinoceros) is a large species of rhinoceros native to Africa. Despite it's name, the black rhinoceros is actually fairly light in colour with most black rhinoceros individuals having either white or grey skin.

Historically, the black rhinoceros had a vast range across central and eastern Africa in countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Angola. Although the black rhinoceros is still found in these countries today, their numbers are very few and far between.

The black rhinoceros is one of the larger rhinoceros species with the horns of the black rhinoceros known to reach 1.5 meters in length. The black rhinoceros uses it's horns are used for defence, intimidation, digging up roots and breaking branches during feeding. The horns of the black rhinoceros are made from a substance called keratin and are therefore very strong. The horns of the black rhinoceros are used in ancient medicine and many black rhinos have been illegally poached for them.

The black rhinoceros has relatively poor eyesight, relying more on hearing and smell to detect what is going on around them. The ears of the black rhinoceros possess a relatively wide rotational range to detect sounds and an excellent sense of smell to readily alert them to the presence of predators.

The black rhinoceros is a herbivorous animal meaning that it sustains itself on a purely plant based diet. Black rhinos browse the densely vegetated savanna for leaves, flowers, buds, fruits, berries and roots which they dig up from the ground using their horns.

Due to it's large size, the black rhino's only real predator in the wild are large wild cats such as lions that will prey on the black rhino calves and weak individuals. Humans are the biggest threat to the black rhinoceros as they have been hunted to the brink of extinction for their horns.

The black rhinoceros is solitary animal and only comes together with other black rhinos to mate. The female black rhinoceros gives birth to a single calf after a gestation period that is over a year long. The black rhinoceros calf remains with it's mother until it is at least 2 years old and big enough to become independent.

Today, the black rhinoceros is a critically endangered animal said to be on the brink of extinction in the wild. There are only a handful of black rhinoceros individuals left in the wild, but reports suggest that black rhinoceros population numbers are now beginning to increase due to continued conservation efforts.

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Black Rhinoceros Translations

Bosnian Bosanski
Crni nosorog
Catalan Català
Rinoceront negre
Czech Cesky
Nosorožec dvourohý
Danish Dansk
Sort næsehorn
German Deutsch
English English
Black Rhinoceros
Spanish Español
Diceros bicornis
Estonian Eesti
Finnish Suomi
French Français
Rhinocéros noir
Hebrew עִבְרִית
קרנף צר שפה
Croatian Hrvatski
Crni nosorog
Hungarian Magyar
Keskenyszájú orrszarvú
Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia
Badak Hitam
Italian Italiano
Diceros bicornis
Japanese 日本語
Latin Latina
Malay Bahasa Melayu
Badak Hitam
Dutch Nederlands
Zwarte neushoorn
Polish Polski
Nosorożec czarny
Portuguese Português
Slovenian Slovenščina
Črni nosorog
Swedish Svenska
Turkish Türkçe
Kara gergedan
Vietnamese Tiếng Việt
Tê giác đen
Chinese 中文

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Black Rhinoceros Facts

Five groups that classify all living things...
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
A group of animals within a pylum...
A group of animals within a class...
A group of animals within an order...
A group of animals within a family...
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Diceros Bicornis
The animal group that the species belongs to...
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Size(L):3.3m - 3.6m (11ft - 12ft)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
800kg - 1,400kg (1,800lbs - 3,100lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
42km/h (30mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
45-50 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Critically Endangered
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Grey, White
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Favourite Food:Grass
The specific area where the animal lives...
Tropical bushland, grassland and savannas
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Grass, Fruit, Berries, Leaves
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Wild cats
Special Features:Hard, thick skin and two large horns

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