Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Mammalia
                 Family : Rhinocerotidae
  Scientific Name : Diceros Bicornis

                 Size(L) : 3.3m - 3.6m (11ft - 12ft)
                 Weight : 800kg-1,400kg
                                 (1,800lbs - 3,100lbs)
           Top Speed : 42kn/h (30mph)
            Life Span : 45 - 50 years

                Colour : Brown, Grey, White
           Skin Type : Leather
Special Features : Hard, thick skin and 
                                two large horns
  1. Black Rhinoceros is large species of rhinoceros which is native to Africa.
  2. They are also known as hook-lipped rhinoceros.
  3. Although they are named as Black Rhinoceros, they either have white or grey skin.
  4. They are one of the larger species of Rhinos with most of them growing between 3.3-3.6 m in length.
  5. They are also known to have long horns, sometimes growing 1.5 m long.
  6. They use their horns for defense, intimidation, digging roots and breaking branches.
  7. Their horns are made up of keratin and are used in certain ancient medicines because of which they are sometimes illegally poached.
  8. They have an excellent sense of smell and hearing though their eyesight is poor.
  9. Black rhinos are herbivore feeding on leaves, flowers, buds, fruits, berries and roots.
  10. They do not have natural predators because of their huge size.
  11. Though rhino calves or sick and weak individuals may be attacked by large felines.
  12. Black rhinos are solitary animals coming together only to mate.
  13. The female black rhino gives birth to a single calf after a yearlong gestation.
  14. Humans are known to extensively hunt black rhinos for their horns.
  15. Due to human poaching and habitat loss Black rhinos are considered to be a critically endangered species.

 

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