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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
Spitzmaulnashorn
 
English English
Black Rhinoceros
 
Spanish Español
Diceros bicornis
 
Estonian Eesti
Teravmokk-ninasarvik
 
Finnish Suomi
Suippohuulisarvikuono
 
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
クロサイ
 
Latin Latina
Diceros
 
Malay Bahasa Melayu
Badak Hitam
 
Dutch Nederlands
Zwarte neushoorn
 
Polish Polski
Nosorożec czarny
 
Portuguese Português
Rinoceronte-negro
 
Slovenian Slovenščina
Črni nosorog
 
Swedish Svenska
Spetsnoshörning
 
Turkish Türkçe
Kara gergedan
 
Vietnamese Tiếng Việt
Tê giác đen
 
Chinese 中文
黑犀
 

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Black Rhinoceros Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Perissodactyla
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Rhinocerotidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Diceros
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Diceros Bicornis
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Herbivore
Size(L):3.3m - 3.6m (11ft - 12ft)
Weight:
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
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Critically Endangered
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Grey, White
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Leather
Favourite Food:Grass
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Tropical bushland, grassland and savannas
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
1
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Grass, Fruit, Berries, Leaves
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Wild cats
Special Features:Hard, thick skin and two large horns

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