The Black Rhino


    Many types of rhinos have already gone extinct and all others that remain, including the black rhino, are very close to dying out altogether. One species of rhino that has gone extinct is the Baluchitherium grangeri. It was the largest land mammal of all time, weighing in at 25 tons which is about 50,000 lbs! This rhino, and all other rhinos, are world treasures. They are almost completely extinct. This needs to stop before they are gone for good.

http://medblog.medlink-uk.net/mylifewithanimals/files/2013/03/blackrhino.jpgThe scientific name for the Black rhino is Diceros Bicornis. It is an herbivore who's only predator is the human being. In the adult stage, Black Rhinos weight about 1.5 tons which is about 3000 lbs. They can run up to 55 mph. Black Rhinos also smaller than the White Rhino, and have a slightly hooked lip. Female Black Rhinos usually remain solitary and can only rarely be seen with their newest calf. Although more male Black Rhinos are born, the male mortality rate is higher than the females. These large animals need a lot of space so they have to live in large open area.
Black Rhinos can be found in swampy grasslands and open savannas mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Today, almost half of the entire Rhino population lies in Sub-Saharan Africa, but in the 1960's, only about 65,000 Rhinos could be found in Sub-Saharan Africa. Today 98% of the Black Rhino population can only be found in South Africa, Tanzania, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. Many of these areas are losing their Black Rhino population due to the ongoing phenomenon of the rhinos going extinct.

Since 1960, the total population of Black Rhinos went down by 97.6%. This was all due to poaching and the rising price of oil in the 1960's. The Rhinos are poached for their horns so the poachers can sell them to the Chinese for a huge profit. Poachers would sell the Rhino horns to the Chinese and they would use the horns in many of their ancient medicines. In the 1960's, the price of oil skyrocketed! Because of this, many people were forced to trade products instead of using money, because they couldn't afford to pay the actual price. For example, people in Africa would trade Rhino horns for oil. Then the countries that were sold the horns would sell them to other customers to gain profit

Slowly but steadily, the Black Rhino population is rising due to the law force put on the act of poaching. Many organizations, such as the African Wildlife Foundation, support this act. They are trying to help by making conservation efforts to save the Black Rhino so it doesn't go extinct like the great Baluchitherium grangeri.