Black rhinos live in the south and on the eastern sides of Africa Black rhinos are threatened by poachers hunting them for their ivory horns The horns are used in Chinese medicine and are used by artists in carvings The black rhinos scientific name is Diceros bicornis Their population is 2 300
Black rhinos have two horns The black rhino has three toes Black rhinos have a thick hairless grey hide It also has a pointed upper lip Black rhinos weigh 800 to 1400 kg Black rhinos are 1.4 m to 1.8 m tall
Black rhino’s eats woody twigs ,legumes and a wide variety of plant species The rhinos eat at dusk and dawn If water is available the rhino will drink it The black rhino has a funny lip used for eating plants
Black Rhinos have Black rhinos have various habitats, but mainly areas with dense, woody vegetation and water holes Map of where the black rhino lives.
Black rhinos are solitary animals Rhinos tend to be ill tempered when they are in areas that are being disturbed Their vocabulary doesnt extend beyond growls, grunts, squeaks, snorts and bellows When fighting they lower their head and charge, reaching up to 30 km/h The rhinos closest relationships are between the calf and a female; that usually lasts 2-4 years
Rhinos have a small bird called oxpecker that follows the rhino around; the bird eats ticks it finds on the rhino and noisily warns of danger In the 70’s and 80’s the rhino population declined because of poaching The rhino horn is in demand in Asia for carving ornamental and a medicine
The black rhino has no natural predators And despite its size it relatively easy for a man to kill Rhinos have to go to a water hole every day, so poachers ambush them there There is a dramatic decline in numbers; luckily conservation efforts are helping to stop them becoming extinct
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