Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52217

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Perissodactyla
Family:Rhinocerotidae
Genus:Diceros
Genus species:Diceros bicornis

Animal Characteristics

Height:1.4-1.7 m
Weight:800-1350 kg
Identification:The black rhinoceros has two horns on its nose, a pointed and prehensile upper lip, and hairless gray skin.
Habitat:Tropical bushlands, grasslands, savannas
Diet:Herbivore: leaves, buds, shoots
Reproduction:Females give birth to a single calf at intervals of 2.5-4 years. Gestation lasts 15-16 months.
Black rhinoceroses are generally solitary.
Behavior:These animals can be ill-tempered.
Status:Endangered: poaching for horns
Interesting Facts:There are approximately 3,100 black rhinoceroses left in the wild today. The horn is not a true horn, but rather it is made from thickly matted hair.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa
Eastern Africa
Date:1980-11 Subjects:odd-toed ungulate
Black rhinoceros
Diceros
Rhinoceroses
Perissodactyla
Ungulates
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata