The black rhino is smaller than the
white rhino and can be distinguished from the white rhino by it's hooked upper lip. The white rhino has a squared upper lip. The black rhino carries it's
head higher than it's cousin and has no hump on it's neck. It's horn can be as
long as 1,05 metres.
The male weighs up to and over 1000kg. The female has a gestation period of
15 months. The calves are usually seen cantering along or behind their mothers.
The black rhino is a temperamental animal, given to attacking people, on foot or
even in cars. This mammal is threatened with extinction from poachers who kill
the animal for it's front horn which is sold internationally as some aphrodesiac
Animals of the Kruger National Park. Struik Publishers,
Cape Town. 124 pp.