Scientific Name: Diceros bicornis
English name: Black Rhinoceros
Link to Red List page: Black Rhinoceros red list
He live usually in savanna and tropical bush
A male stands between 150 to 185 cm high at the shoulder and is between 3.30 to 3.7 mt length, the weighs between 1000 and 1600 kg however there is report that describe specimens up 2.800 kg , female are smaller than the male. The spectacular front horn can be 140 cm length. He have two horns and the material is keratin, same material of human nails.
Where to find:
Actually is possible find the black rhinoceros in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbawe, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya. The specie is divided in subspecies so in different countries will be different subspecies.
Like the Elephant, Rhino is very aggressive, he can attack specially for fear and he has bad sight, this two characteristics made him extremely danger, it was watched to attack a tree trunk or a anthill ans is not rare the cases where he attack even jeeps with tourists specially if the driver is not qualified. Another characteristic is the speed, he can run up to 56 km/h so if you are walking and you meet him, considers that is very aggressive so hundred percent he’ll attack you and he run 2 more speedy then you ( I think you are in trouble). He is a solitary animal, they meet only for meeting season or sometimes the females when have the calves.
Black Rhino female when is receptive will mark dung piles, when the male follow her he will scrape and spread the dung piles. Usually they stay together 2/3 day but sometime even weeks, they copulate several times per day and any single copulation is half hour long. He will birth 15 weeks later.
This beautiful animal is very unlucky, imagine the Chinese thinks his horn have magic property for to heal diseases, how can possible if the horn is constitute in keratin, the same material of our nails?? Science and scientists have not found in thousands researchs any basis in the Chinese traditional use of rhinoceros horn. So Chinese friends, why don’t eat your ours nails? is Cheap, you don’t need to go to buy anythings, you remain without you can ask easily to some friends of you if can borrow theirs and you help the rhino conservation.
The black rhinoceros population is now around 3200 specimens, in the ’90 years was below 2500, so we can say there is a little increment of the population. We are happy for this, this increment is from the job of Governs conservation politics, but the special thanks is for the anti-poaching units everywhere in Africa, they risk his life for conservation of wildlife.