• Status

    Critically Endangered

  • Size

    Up to 1,350 kg

  • Threat


  • Distribution

    Kenya & Tanzania

  • Diet


Transport yourself into the heart of Africa right here in Yorkshire! 'Into Africa!' will immerse you with unrivalled 365 degree views of the African plains including the incredible 3-acre Black Rhino reserves.

'Into Africa!' is home 4 Eastern Black Rhinos, Jasper, Makibo and Najuma - who gave birth to an adorable male calf in January of 2024 bringing the Park's total to 4!

Where in the park?

Step foot on a safari adventure through the heart of Africa!

Visit Into Africa!


The name Rhinoceros means ‘nose horn’. It comes from the Greek words rhino (nose) and ceros (horn).

Black Rhinoceros have been illegally poached to the brink of extinction due to the demand for their horn, numbers have declined by over 90% over the last three generations.


Black Rhinos can run up to 40 miles per hour! They also have poor eyesight and cannot easily detect an observer standing more than 30 metres away. They do, however, have an excellent sense of smell and hearing.


The gestation period (the time between conception and birth) for a female Black Rhino is a very long 15 to 16 months!


Eastern Black Rhinos are the rarest of the three remaining subspecies. 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 ornaments as well as for herbal medicine. Demand for Rhino horn is unfortunately still rising. However, thanks to global conservation and anti-poaching efforts, Black Rhino numbers have steadily risen to around 6,000 individuals. The ever important European Breeding Programme currently holds around 100 individuals in various wildlife parks and zoos.

Rhino (CR. Sam M) (1)

Adopt us

Help suport Rhinos care at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

More about adoptions

Adopt us

Help support Rhinos care at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

More about adoptions

What's on today

Daily programme

Daily programme at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Time Event Location
12:45 PM Into Africa! Ranger Talk Into Africa!
Yorkshire Wildlife Park Rhino 015

Rhino Experience

Make memories for a lifetime with our Black Rhino Experience!

Find out more


Get the latest news & offers from Yorkshire Wildlife Park!

See our privacy policy here