Black Rhinoceros

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Black Rhinoceros

Black Rhinoceros

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Description The Black rhinoceros varies from a brown/grey colour and the females are typically smaller than the males. This species of rhinoceros have two horns made of keratin, however a third horn may develop. These horns are used for defence, intimidation, digging up roots of plants and breaking branches off trees during feeding. The average adult satnds at 132-180cm high at the shoulder and is about 2.8-3.8m in length and they have a tail that reaches up to 60cm in length. These creatures can weigh from 800-1,400kg, however some male rhinos can weigh up to 2,896kg.

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*Dark blue markings indicate where ramaining black rhino's are located*

Environment The Black Rhinoceros species are found only in Eastern and Central Africa in the following African countries: Kenya, Tanania, Cameroon, South Africa, Nambia, Zimbabwe and Angola. The envronments that the rhino's live in are very hot and humid condidtions, especially because they are mainly found in deserts and grasland-forest zones in Africa but these areas are mostly within a 25km radius of water sources. hoever you do not typically see these creature grazing around the grasslands or desert areas, as they are commonly found near mud pits or water wallows, so they can cool off.

Interrelationships between People & Environments: Nature of the Issue The Black Rhinoceros is listed as a critically endangered species as a result of hunting, poaching and a loss of habitat. Most hunting is committed as a result of selfishness, with most only killing because some state these rhino's to be 'pests'. Poaching is committed for the rhino's horns, which are known to be an Asian medicine, and an odject that can be traded in for money, which is why most the the poachers are people living in poverty, desperatly in need of money. Habitat loss is caused by an increase in population, for instance in Zimbabwe, a Black Rhino conservation centre was shut down to accomodate for a growing popualtion, which sent the rhino's out into the wild, causing a higher risk of poaching and hunting.

Equity From what I have read and seen, I don't believe any individual or group have been affected or disadvantaged in any way. Most people have been trying their best just to save this great animal from complete extinction.


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