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Scientific Name: 
Diceros bicornis
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Perissodactyla
Family: 
Rhinocerotidae
Genus: 
Diceros
Species: 
bicornis
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Population Trend: 
Increasing
Quick Facts

Life Span: 35-40 years

Size: Head to body length - 3-38m; stands between 1.4 and 1.5 high at shoulder; horn - 50cm-130cm in length

Weight: Up to 1400kg

Distribution Map: 

The Black Rhinoceros is a territorial, solitary animal that can be quite aggressive. It has a head to body length of 3 - 3.8m and stands between 1.4 and 1.5m high at the shoulder. A Black Rhino has an average weight of 1400kgs and its front horn can range from 50cm – 130cm in length.

The Black Rhino has two horns positioned along the middle of the snout. They are composed of Keratin, the protein which forms the basis for hair and nails. They have a prehensile upper lip which is used to pluck branches and leaves from shrubs.

The Black Rhino has poor vision and relies mainly on its sense of smell to explore surroundings. They also have good hearing, picking up sounds with their tubular ears.

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Source: 
www.iucnredlist.org
Year assessed: 
2008