Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis)
The Black rhino, although large, is in fact smaller than the white rhino. Fitted with a hooked upper lip, and a front horn larger than its back horn, the black rhino is a prehistoric looking beast.
||800 – 1,400 km
||1.3 – 1.8m
Males are aggressive for two purposes, protecting their territory against intruders and competing over females. Males will often fight to the death during mating season and inflict devastating wounds with their horns.
Adult black rhinos are solitary while females and their daughters can stay together for up to 12 years. During breeding season, males will often fiercely fight one another over females, sometimes to the death.
||2 - 3 years
||Oct - Dec
|Number of offspring
Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, Shrublands and Deserts.
Black Rhinos are browsers, they eat grass and leaves but specifically the leaves from the acacia tree. Their lip is especially designed to avoid thorns and seek out the nutrient high food source.
Rhinos are no easy meal for predators and are not often targeted by carnivores. Their thick hide makes them prey to only lions and humans. Human’s target rhinos for their horns and skin which is incorrectly sold for its medicinal qualities.
Black Rhinoceros at Naankuse sites