Black Rhinoceros

Diceros bicornis

The black rhino has a pointed, elongated upper lip, which is so flexible that it enables the giant to skillfully pluck even the smallest of leaves. The vegetarians live in Africa, where they inhabit a territory of up to 40 square kilometers in savannahs as solitary creatures.

Pointed lip

The uniquely shaped upper lip is ideally suited for targeted grabbing of branches and leaves of thorny bushes.

Radar stations

Rhinos hear fantastically. They can align their ears to any noise - that's good so, because rhinos are extremely short-sighted.


  • Origin

    East and South Africa

  • Habitat

    tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, bush and desert

  • Diet

    Black rhinoceros are plant eaters and feed on leaves, branches and bushes.

  • Status

    critically endangered

  • Size

    approx. 160 cm (shoulder height)

  • Weight

    1500 kg

  • Gestation period

    over 14 months

  • Achievable age

    up to 35 years in the wild, up to 50 years in human care

Threat Categories of IUCN

Dangerous superstition

Absurd though it is, the ground horn of the rhino is still used in Chinese medicine up to this day. This is especially tragic if one considers that the horn isn't made out of anything special but just the same material as our finger nails and hair.


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