Black Rhino

posted: 11/24/15
Scientific Name: Diceros bicornis
Status: Critically Endangered
Number Remaining: about 5,000
Average Height: 4.5 to 6 feet
Average Weight: 1,760 -3,080 pounds

These rhinos are found in eastern and central Africa. They differ from their cousin, the white rhino, in coloration and the shape of their lip. Black rhinos have pointed upper lips, while white rhinos have square lips. The difference has to do with their diets: black rhinos eat off of branches, while white rhinos graze.

Their two horns can grow up to three inches a year.

The black rhino was almost hunted to extinction by 20th-century British colonists, who killed rhinos for food and sport. Poachers continue to hunt the rhino for their horns. The ivory is coveted in black markets all over the world, which has caused a spike in rhino deaths. Habitat loss also threatens the efforts to save the black rhino.
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How You Can Help:

  • Save the Rhino: Learn what you can do on World Rhino Day to raise awareness and how you can make a monetary contribution to help field rangers, provide veterinary care to rhinos, and bring education about conservation to areas where poaching is heaviest.
  • World Wildlife Fund: Learn more about the dangers rhinos face, why this species matters, and how you can help.
  • David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation: Projects include protecting species including the Elephant, Rhino, Tiger, Lion, Leopard and more, as well as raising awareness about poaching and wildlife crime.
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare: Protecting animals from illegal wildlife trade is one of their many projects, which also include efforts to prevent animal cruelty and rescue individual animals.
  • Reach Out. Act. Respond (R.O.A.R.): Explore the work of our partners who are striving to improve conservation of animal species both wild and domesticated.
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