Resource 4: Black rhino
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Common name – Black rhino
Scientific name – Diceros bicornis
Location – Eastern, central, western and Southern Africa
Population – approximately 3,725
Size – The black rhino's weight ranges from 800 to 1,400 kg
Colour – Dark yellow brown colour to dark brown or dark grey
Habitat – Tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublands; deserts and xeric shrublands
The black rhino can be found in mud or water wallows, where it cools itself. Sleeping usually occurs at midday, and it feeds mostly during the early morning and in the evening.
The East African black rhino, which had a historic distribution from south Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia down through Kenya into north-central Tanzania, maintains its current stronghold in Kenya.
Rhinos are easy targets for poachers and their horn is easily concealed and smuggled across borders. Protecting rhinos effectively is very expensive.
All animals of this species use communal dung heaps, sometimes scraping their feet in them and leaving a scent as they travel about.
Adapted from original source:(Accessed 2008)