Diceros bicornis

The black rhino (Diceros bicornis) is Critically Endangered. They can be found across southern and East Africa, in national parks, wildlife reserves and sanctuaries. In the 1990s, black rhino numbers fell to just 2,400, and although they are slowly recovering, poaching pressure is a constant threat. Currently, there are approximately 5,600 black rhinos, according to figures published in 2019. 

Unlike white rhinos, which also live in Africa, black rhinos are browsers, using their hooked upper lip (also known as a prehensile lip) to grab small leaves on bushes and shrubs. They can move extremely fast, up to 55 km/hr, change direction surprisingly quickly, and can run straight through scrub and bushes!

Fun fact: Black rhinos were once thought to be solitary animals, but footage shows that at night, they often gather in groups around watering holes!

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