The Black Rhino

By Aditya Gantasala (holy cows)

Description

  • An adult black rhino stands to be 52-71 inches tall
  • Adults are 9-12 feet long plus the tail is another 2 feet long.
  • Typical weight is 1,800 to 3,100 pounds.
  • Typical length of the horn is 130cm long.

Body Covering

  • Black rhinos have thick layers of skin to protect then from thorns.
  • The skin protects the rhino from tick, mites, and other parasites.

behavior

  • Mostly solitary animals except at mating time.
  • Territories are around 17-52 square miles.
  • Male black rhinos are extremely aggressive.
  • About 50% of males and 30% of females die from combat-related injuries

Senses

  • Black rhinos have a very keen sense of hearing and smell.
  • Rhinos have a bad sense of sight.

Reproduction

  • Rhinos mate at the end of the rainy season.
  • A black rhinos gestation period is 15-16 months.
  • Calf weighs 35-50 kgs at birth.

Habitat

  • The rhino is native to East and Central Africa
  • Some of the countries that the rhino lives in are Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Angola.

Diet

  • Black rhino is a herbivore
  • They feed on mostly leafy plants, branches, shoots, thorny wood bushes, and fruit.
  • Their diet can reduce the amount of woody plants.

predators and reasons for endangerment

  • Man kind is the cause of the demise of the rhino
  • The adult black rhino has no true natural predators
  • The rhino is poached for their horns

Critical Information

  • The black rhino declined drastically in the 1970s and 1980s due to poaching.
  • 1994 was the first time in 20 years that rhino numbers did not decline.
  • Many organizations are making rhino natural parks to prevent the poaching.
  • Poaching is illegal in many parts of Africa.

parenthetical citation

Most information was got at (WIKI)and (AFW)