Black Rhino Facts Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

posted: 05/15/12
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The black rhino is a massive animal that weighs between 750 and 3,000 pounds and stands between four and half to six feet tall. It is usually considered to have a prehistoric appearance. The female rhinos are slightly smaller than the males. The black rhino has two distinguishing features: a prehensile lip and two facial horns. They may appear a different color than their natural dark gray after wallowing in the mud and waterholes.


The black rhino can be found in Africa and Asia. Although they are normally found in savannas, rhinos may be found in dense forests or tropical and subtropical regions.

Food Source:

As herbivores, the black rhino has a diet that consists of grass, foliage, shoots, buds, bushes or trees. The rhino's prehensile lip makes picking food easier.


Black rhinos are solitary creatures and generally only interact when a mother raises a calf. Both males and females establish territories and charge with their horns to defend those territories although some habitats overlap.


Black rhinos do not have any natural predators in the wild. Humans who poach the rhinos for their horns are their main enemy. As a result, their population has dropped significantly. Today, fewer than 3,500 remain, opposed to the nearly 100,000 in 1960.

Fun Fact:

Despite being solitary creatures, the black rhino does share a symbiotic relationship with another species. Oxpeckers, or tick birds, sit on the rhino and eat ticks, blood sores and even warn the rhinos of danger.

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