The Black Rhino is one of five species of Rhino that can be found on the continent Africa.
They are now classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN.
Rhino’s are near sighted creatures, but they use their good sense of smell and hearing to compensate for this weakness. They also rely on speed running up to 37 miles per hour (60km/h) when faced with danger. Despite being large animals these are surprisingly very agile, capable of changing direction quickly when charging at 40 mph (70 km/h). They may charge if they feel threatened even if not seriously injured.
Black Rhinos weigh around 800-1200kg and can reach between 1.6 – 1.8 metres in height at the shoulder, with a length of between 2 – 3 metres including the head and tail combined.
They live to an average age of 40 years in captivity, but they may live as long as 50 years in the wild. Females will give birth to a single calf, after a gestation period of 16 – 18 months; young calves remain with their mothers for up to four years before going off on their own.