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Photo Credit: Sean Braine
Etosha National Park, Namibia
The black rhinoceros or hook-lipped rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis), is a species of rhinoceros, native to the eastern and central areas of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Angola. Although the rhino is referred to as black, it is actually more of a grey/brown/white color in appearance. The species overall is classified as critically endangered, and one subspecies, the Western Black Rhinoceros, was declared extinct by the IUCN in 2011.
Rhinos have a keen sense of smell and hearing, but they have poor eyesight. Because of this, when they catch the scent of a human or other animal, they are liable to charge; they may even charge a tree or rock, mistaking it for a threat due to it’s poor eyesight. Although most of these charges are bluffs, Rhinos can still be unpredictable and dangerous. Rhinos don’t just charge perceived threats, they also charge each other in disputes over territory and females. Sometimes, a male and female may ever charge each other during courtship. Their horns are made of a similar substance to our fingernails, so they may break off, but they usually grow right back.
Here’s 25 more things you might not know about the Rhino: http://bushwarriors.org/2011/09/22/25-things-you-might-not-know-about-rhinos-2/
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