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Afrikaans name: Swart Renoster

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Black Rhino

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Black Rhino

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Diceros bicornis

Interesting facts about Black Rhinos

South Africa is home to both the White and Black Rhino although the White Rhino is far more common.

Black Rhinos are not commonly seen. They stick to thick bush and are renowned for their short-tempered nature. They even fight each other sometimes ending in injury or death.

Another, more accurate name, for the Black Rhino is the Hook-lipped Rhino.

Black Rhinos are smaller than White. Adults weigh up to 1,400 kg. The horns are also shorter.

Normally Black Rhino occur singly but females may be seen with their calves. Small groups may be seen on occasion.

Black Rhinos eat branches, shoots, plants and fruit.

The gestation period for a Black Rhino is 15 to 16 months. Females keep their calves for 2 to 3 years and will also only give birth every two and a half to 5 years.

These large mammals can live up to 50 years.

A small group of Black Rhino at Weenen Game Reserve

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