Profile of a black rhinoceros

Black rhinoceros

Black rhinoceroses are about the same height at the shoulder as African buffalos. However, they are twice as heavy. Despite their weight, they are nimble on their feet, and can run at 50kph and make sharp turns at a gallop. Black rhinoceroses are the best known of the five living rhinoceros species, owing to their inquisitive and often aggressive nature towards other animals and to the high-profile conservation efforts that have stabilised and allowed partial recovery of populations in a number of countries.

Scientific name: Diceros bicornis

Rank: Species

Common names:

Hook-lipped rhinoceros

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Map showing the distribution of the Black rhinoceros taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Black rhinoceros can be found in a number of locations including: Africa. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Black rhinoceros distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Critically Endangered

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Increasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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