Black Rhino By: Brady
Biome,Ecosystem,or Habitat • Central and Southern Africa • Woodland • Scrubland • Grassland • Savannas • South of Sahara
Description • Their color is usually gray or black. • Their weight is 2,090lb to 2,870lb,or 3,740lb! • Their size is usually 4.7 to 5.2ft,tail length is 27inches, body length is 9 to 12ft long!
Diet (food) • Their main diet in the wild is woody plants, herbs,fruits,leave alfalfa hay, grass hay, alfalfa grain pellets, and browse. • Their zoo diet is carrots,apples,bananas, and oranges. • The black rhino is a herbivore.
Young (offspring) • A black rhino gives birth to 1 calf after a gestation of about 15 months. • A rhino calf suckles for about a year. • A calf stays with its mother for 2 to 3 years then it learns how to wander around by itself in their habitat.
Predators(including humans) • They only have one predator and that is a poacher. • Poachers are people who kill rhinos and take their horn and let the body get eaten or let it decay.
Estimated population • Their estimated population is less than 2,550 left. • They are critically endangered.
Reasons it is Endangered • The reason it is endangered is because when the poachers kill them they just take their horn.
How are we Protecting it know • We are protecting it by putting them in zoos. • We are also protecting it by raising the population in the zoos.
Other Interesting Facts • Their life span is 25- 40 years. • A rhinos horn is not a true horn that is attached to the skull. • It grows from the skin and is made up of keratin fibers, the same material found in hair and nails. • It is often killed just for its horn. • They are at the top of their food chain.
Works Cited • Cincinnati Zoo “ Black Rhinos” internet www.cincinnatizoo.com 10/10/12 • Chicago Zoological Society “ Black Rhinos” internet www.chicagozoologicalsociety.com • Zoo Atlanta “ Black Rhinos” internet