Population size- Throughout most of the 20th century the Black Rhino numbered around 850,000 and was the most populous rhino species. Now, they number around 10,000-11,000.
Ecology- They live in a wide variety of habitats but mostly in savannas. The acacia is their preferred food source.
Behavior- They are terrestrial and breed every 2.5-5 years. They are solitary and feed at night and dawn/dusk. They take cover during daylight hours in the shade to keep cover from the hot African sun. They wallow in mud in order to keep bugs off and block the sun. It will defend itself if provoked with its two large horns.
Ecological Effects of Black Rhino Endangerment
Actions to Prevent Extinction
- It is illegal to kill rhinos
- It is also illegal to sell rhino horns internationally
- Some rhinos are kept under guard
- More money could be put into making safe havens for them to live peacefully
- It should be made illegal (in certain Arab countries) for people to possess ceremonial items made with rhino horns
- International police forces should crack down on the black market rhino horn trade
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- "Black Rhinoceroses, Black Rhinoceros Pictures, Black Rhinoceros Facts - National Geographic." National Geographic. National Geopgraphic, 2012. Web. 18 Feb. 2016.