BLACK RHINOS

Into Africa is home to Hodari and Dayo, two critically endangered Eastern Black Rhinos. The pair arrived at Yorkshire Wildlife Park from Berlin zoo in October 2016.


BLACK RHINO

Diceros bicornis

Once found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, sightings of Black Rhino were extremely common. However, populations quickly declined with the introduction of European settlers, who relentlessly hunted Black Rhinos.

Between 1970 and 1992, their population declined by 96% to 2,300 from a devastating period of poaching for their horns which are used to make ornamental crowns, cups and ceremonial daggers as well as for herbal medicine. Demand for rhino horn is still rising.

However, thanks to global conservation and anti-poaching efforts since 1992, Black Rhinos numbers have steadily risen to around 5,000 individuals.

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FACT FILE

Critically Endangered

Black rhinos are listed as critically endangered on the IUCN red list.

Eastern black rhinos are found in Kenya and Tanzania. Their habitat includes:

  • Grasslands
  • Savannas
  • Shrublands
  • Deserts

Black rhinos are herbivores and feed mainly on leafy plants, branches, shoots, thorny wood bushes, and fruit.

Black rhinos have a number of threats that include:

  • Habitat Loss
  • Poaching
  • Competing species

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