Black Rhinoceros

Diceros bicornis

by: Sunaina Sunda Period 3

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Black Rhinos live in the African Savannah.

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Physical and Behavioral Adaptations of the Black Rhino

Physical #1: Body Size

The black rhino will become more skinny due to the lack of plants that will be in the new environment and they will run even faster than before.

Physical #2: Develop Longer Necks

In Rockville, we have more rain compared to the African Savannah, the trees will grow taller. When the trees grow taller, the black rhinos will adapt by getting longer necks to reach the trees to be able to eat the leaves.

Behavioral #1: Not Be As Free

The black rhino won't be free because of the lack of space. The area will only be a mile in diameter.

Behavioral #2: Develop Better Instincts

Since the amount of space is smaller, they will be closer to their predators and understand them better. They will know when the predator will attack and if they're near or not.

What will be the impact of introducing the black rhino to the new environment?

It will impact the producers because there is such less space. The primary consumers, as well as the black rhino won't have as much to eat, decreasing the population of the producers.

Why is the black rhino on the endangered species list?

The black rhino remains on the endangered species list because of the horn the rhino possesses. The horn of the black rhino is worth around $300,000 in the black market. It's worth more than gold.

Model of the New Habitat

Geography and Climate:

The average temperature in the African Savannah is 67.5 degrees fahrenheit with temperatures ranging from 53-87 degrees fahrenheit. The latitude of where the black rhinos live is 5 degrees north through 35 degrees south.

Plants Native to the African Savannah:

Baobabs

Acacia Tree

Switchgrass

Red Dropseed

Food Web:

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Energy Pyramid:

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