Is the black rhino extinct?
Why black rhinos are endangered
Where do black rhinos live?
Black rhinos primarily live in southern and eastern Africa. Their habitat can be found in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Black rhinos need a habitat rich in food and water resources, so they live in places with naturally occurring plant-life, mineral licks and water sources. This allows black rhinos to live in a variety of climates and territories – from the semi-desert savannah to woodlands, forests and wetlands.
The more fertile and plentiful the territory, the more black rhinos the habitat can support. For example, there may only be one rhino per 100 km2 in the desert while an area with abundant vegetation can support more than one black rhino per square kilometer.
What do black rhinos eat?
Black rhinos are herbivores, which means they only eat plants. Unlike white rhinos, black rhinos are browsers. They primarily eat leaves and twigs from bushes and trees. This is why black rhinos have hooked upper lips that help them feed. In contrast, white rhinos are grazers and primarily eat grasses.
Black rhinos’ hooked lips make it easy to tell where they have recently fed because the neatly bite off woody material. This creates a clean-angled edge that looks like the branches were clipped with pruning shears.
Black rhinos do most of the foraging and drinking at night when temperatures are cooler so they can conserve energy.
Why black rhinos matter
What you can do to help
The biggest thing you can do to help support black rhinos is to educate yourself and others about why they are important and what is threatening them. Commit to never purchasing products that use rhino horn! In addition, you can travel responsibly to visit black rhinos through approved ecotourism providers that support their conservation.
But, perhaps the easiest thing to do is simply to support nonprofit organizations like the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that are committed to saving these majestic creatures. Right now, you can click on the link below to buy a black rhino trucker cap, dad hat or beanie - 10% is donated to the World Wildlife Fun. Not all heroes wear capes… sometimes they just don a cap!
World Wildlife Fund: https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/black-rhino
Save the Rhino: https://www.savetherhino.org/rhino-info/rhino-species/black-rhinos/
National Geographic: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/b/black-rhinoceros/