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Eastern Black Rhinoceros (2004-09-20 13-38-16_01)

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

20 Sep 2004

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois

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The Eastern Black Rhinoceros is also known as the East African Black Rhinoceros.

Order PerissodactylaFamily RhinocerotidaeDiceros bicornis michaeli

The species, considered endangered, once ranged through Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania and Kenya, however, as of 2017, they were no longer found in Ethiopia. There are not many in the rest of its range. There were only 594 individuals in Kenya and an additional 80 in Rwanda and northern Tanzania. In addition there are 60 animals in the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. Despite the low numbers, the population was even lower prior to 2010.

The Eastern Black Rhino is longer than the southern subspecies. It can reach a length of 12 feet and is 5 feet tall at the shoulders. It weighs about 3,000 pounds. Its bigger horn – there are two – is longer (up to 28 inches) and more curved and its skin is more deeply grooved. It is also the most aggressive of the four Black Rhino subspecies. (Males are territorial, females are not.)

Like other rhinos the Eastern Black Rhino lives on a diet of plants including leafy plants, branches and even thorny bushes. It also eats fruit.

Their skin is home to a wide variety of parasites and they have a symbiotic relationship with Tickbirds and Egrets who eat them off their skin. The horns, which are composed of compressed hair, are for defensive and display purposes.

The female carries their young for 15 or 16 months. At birth the babies weigh about 85 pounds.

Editing was done using ACDSee Ultimate 2020. I adjusted the lighting and increased the contrast, clarity and vibrance. Then I adjusted the levels.© 2004 Gary J. Sibio. All rights reserved.

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  1. It’s sad to know there are so many endangered animals. I am not sure if zoo is responsible, but I see some zoos don’t really take good care of animals.

    Thank you for sharing this. Now I learned a little bit more about this Eastern Black Rhinoceros. Nice photo!

  2. It is appalling what is happening to rhinos in the wild, all down to human greed and the insanity of believing – in some societies – that rhino horn can cure diseases.

    If species can thrive in captivity, and then return to the wild when it is safe for them to do so, that surely has to be a good result.

    • Agreed. I don’t know if any rhinos have been released as yet. Poaching is still a huge problem although, based on what I’ve been hearing, some African governments are starting to do something about it. This is due, at least in part, to the realization that these animals are a great tourist attraction and that means money.

    • I think both options have benefits. One of the benefits of a zoo is that it makes it easier for the public to to see them. This may not seem important but it makes people care about the fate of these animals. People don’t care about what they are not familiar with.

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