Black Rhino

Order Perissodactyla
Family Rhinocerotidae
Genus Diceros
Species Biconis
Height 1.4-1.6 metres
Weight 1300-1500 kgs
Lifespan 40 years approx
Habitat Savannahs and wooded areas


Other than being smaller than the White Rhino, probably the most obvious difference is the narrower mouth with its prehensile lip. As they are browsers they will use their prehensile lip to feed from trees and shrubs. They will drink daily if possible.

Black Rhinos have 2 horns with the largest at the front. They live in the dry savannahs of Africa.

The four other species of rhino are the White Rhino (Ceratotherium Simum), Indian Rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis), Javan Rhino (Rhinoceros Sondaicus) and Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis).

For more on Rhinos visit our Endangered Species section.

Black Rhinos are more aggressive than White Rhinos.

Rhinos have poor vision but good hearing and sense of smell.

They trot at about 15mph but can run up to 25mph.

Their feet are about 12 inches wide.



Black Rhinos (The Untamed World)

Author: E. Melanie Watt
Reading level: Young Adult
Library Binding - 64 pages (August 1997)
Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers; ISBN: 0817245723 Sales Rank: 462,316




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