The Black Rhino By Lauren Stammers
The Black Rhino
The Black Rhinoceros also known as the Diceros Bicornis, has very thick skin which is a light grey colour, as a full grown Black Rhino it can weigh up to 1400 kilograms. The size of a normal Black Rhino should be roughly up to your shoulder. A Black Rhino spends most of its time in savannahs.
A Black Rhinoceros has two large horns on their head, female rhinoceros use them to protect their young, while male rhinoceros use them to battle off predators. Occasionally you might see them rolling in mud, they are doing it to keep cool in hot weather.
Black Rhinoceros live in tropical bush lands, grasslands and savannahs.
For a Black Rhinoceros, The biggest threat to them is humans and wild cats. Humans ae a big threat to them because they kill them for their horns and for their skin. Humans also are destroying their habitat due to construction of buildings and houses. A wild cat, which is normally a lion, kills them for food. A normal diet for them would have grass, fruit, berries, and leaves.
Female Rhinoceros are only pregnant for 18 months. A normal calf weighs between 25 and 45 kilograms. The Black Rhino only gives birth every 2 and a half- 5 years. The calf can learn to stand up and walk in minutes! After a few hours, it learns to get milk from its mother, this will continue until it is 18 months. A calf is born without horns so it relies on its mother for protection. When the calf is three years old it is then able to survive on its own.
A Black Rhinoceros has large horns, when they feel threatened, or feel that they are in danger, they will use their horns to protect themselves. Black Rhinos also have very thick skin, the thick skin can protect them from sharp plants and thorns it can be 1 ½ cm thick.
Sadly, the Black Rhinoceros is critically endangered because humans hunt them for their horns. We now only have 29,000 Black Rhinos left in the world
Overall, the Black Rhinoceros is a beautiful and special animal that needs your help to stop it from extinction, so lets save the Black Rhino!