Black Rhinoceros

Black Rhinoceros

Diceros bicornis

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Brookfield Zoo Rhino Quick Facts

Height: 4.5' to 5.5' at the shoulder
Weight: 2,200 lbs to 3,200 lbs
Distribution: Africa south of the Sahara
Habitat: Thick brush, acacia scrub, and open country
Wild Diet: Shrubs, fiber, herbs, and leaves
Zoo Diet: Alfalfa hay, grass hay, grain pellets, fruits, vegetables, vitamin supplements and browse

Black rhinos range in coloration from dark reddish-brown to dark brown but are primarily dark gray and may resemble the mud they wallow in. They have two distinct horns on the snout; the one in the front is the larger. Their horns continue to grow throughout their lives. Their skin is very thick and has deep folds. They have a heavy body, a short neck, and a large head. Black rhinos are almost completely hairless. Each foot has three toes. They use their prehensile (grasping) upper lip to hold food.

Status in the Wild

Listed as “critically endangered" on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).

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