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black rhinos

Black rhinos a critically endangered, however they have doubled in numbers over the past two decades from low point of 2480 individuals.

Black rhinos aka the hook-lipped rhino tend to be solitary in the wild. They are also known to shyer and more aggressive of the two African species.

The black rhino have two horns, which grow continually from the skin at their base throughout their life (like human finger nails). Male black rhinos tend to have thicker horns and females often have longer and thinner horns.

Black rhinos are smaller than white rhinos and have less of a pronounced hump on the back of their necks. They have a smaller head too. They are browsers so eat from higher bushes or trees requiring less muscle strength around their necks than white rhinos.

Poachers remain the biggest threat to the black rhino.

Black rhino numbers are slowly recovering and currently there are approximately between 5040 and 5458 animals (according to figures published by IUCN in 2016).

Adopt our Black Rhino and secure its future.