Black rhinoceros

Baby Rhino Calf

Our newest black rhino calf was born on March 15, 2017. She is often outside with her mother, Azizi, but we still leave it up to Mom when it's time for her to come inside. You might be lucky to spot her at your next visit!

Black rhinoceros [Diceros bicornis]


Quick Facts

  • Length: 10-12 feet
  • Height: 4.5-5.5 feet
  • Weight: 1,750 and 3,000 pounds
  • Range: Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe
  • Diet: Herbivore, specifically leaves, woody plants, and lots of water
muddy rhino

Despite its name, this animal is actually gray in color, matching the mud the rhino chooses to roll in.

About Black Rhinos

Black rhinoceroses communicate their territory with other animals by scent marking, grunting, and snorting. The two horns of the black rhinoceros are made entirely of hardened hair. Rhinos can't see very well, and anything farther than 35 feet away from the rhino appears blurry. To make up for this poor eyesight, rhinos have an excellent sense of hearing.

Female rhinos give birth to a single calf after a 15-month gestation. Babies stay with their mothers until two or three years of age, which is when the mother will typically have another calf.

This animal is an endangered species because of poaching. Rhino horns are used for dagger handles and traditional medicines, although there is no scientific evidence that the horn has any medicinal powers.
  • Zoo location: African Savanna
  • Schedule: On exhibit in warm weather only