The Black Rhinoceros or Hook-lipped Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis), also known simply as the Black Rhino, is a species of rhinoceros which is native to the eastern and central areas of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. The black rhino species is now classed as critically endangered.
You can adopt a rhino for a one-off payment of only £19.99 and you will receive a wonderful rhino adoption box containing these items.
Rhino adoption box details
When you adopt a black rhino you will be helping the Aspinall Foundation to protect this critically endangered species and their habitats. You will also receive an adoption pack that includes:
- A gorgeous cuddly soft toy of your black rhino
- A personalised adoption certificate
- A world map
- A fun fact sheet
- A car sticker
- Free entry ticket to Howletts or Port Lympne animal park
Threats and challenges to the black rhino species
The largest threat to the black rhino is mankind. Since the early 20th century black rhinos have been slaughtered for both sport and financial gain. Between 1970 and 1992, 96% of black rhinos in Africa were killed when a surge of poaching for rhino horn hit Kenya and Tanzania.
Yemen was a large market for rhino horn dagger handles in the 1970′s and as such, the poaching activities increased dramatically, which lead to the demise of thousands of white and black rhinos. This has abated somewhat, but many would consider the damage to have already been done.
One of the largest threats to rhino’s in recent years has been the prevalence of rhino horn in Eastern medicine. The horn is used in South Korea for the treatment of a variety of ailments including fevers, epilepsy, strokes and AIDS. As well as to aid male sexual stamina and fertility. The importance of rhino horn in medicine is exemplified by a recent survey of medicinal practitioners in Taiwan which showed that 60% stocked rhino horn whilst 27% stated that it was essential to their work. This is despite the effectiveness of the use of rhino horn in treating any illness not been having been confirmed by medical science.
One piece of good news is that a recent TRAFFIC report that was commissioned to look into the trade of rhino horn in China showed that the Government of China had showed signs of success in limited the import and use of rhino horn since they banned rhino horn in 1993.
In 1993 only 2,475 black rhinos were reported to exist in the wild in total. This is in contrast to 70,000 which were in the wild at the end of the 1960′s.
About black rhinos
You will be adoption Solio who was born at the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in the UK on 30th July 2001 and whose mother Rukwa, is the only surviving founder member of the Port Lympne herd and is the only grandmother amongst their herd of black rhinos. Rukwa was wild caught in Kenya in 1972 and has given birth to 7 calves of which 5 have survived.
The black rhinoceros has two distinctive horns, although sometimes a small third posterior horn can be present, the longest horn averaging 50cm in length.
The black rhino can usually be found in mud or water wallows, where it cools itself from the blazing African sun.
The black rhino’s weight ranges from 800 kg to 1,400 kg and colouration is a dark yellow brown colour to dark brown or dark grey.
The black rhino is herbivorous and feeds on woody twigs, leaves, branches, shoots and fruit.
Even though the black rhino is herbivorous it has a reputation for being an aggressive animal. They will often charge if they sense a threat, which can occur quite often due to their poor eyesight. They have even been observed to charge tree trunks! Black Rhinos will fight each other, and they have the highest rate of mortal combat recorded for any mammal. Approximately 50% of males and 30% of females die from combat related injuries.
Adult Black Rhinos have no natural predators.
Where will my rhino adoption donation money go?
The Aspinall Foundation works in conjunction with Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks in the UK to protect rare and endangered animals, and return them to protected areas in the wild. It is a sad fact that humans are likely to cause the extinction of a quarter of all known species in the next 20 years, unless we work together to protect them now.
Animal adoptions make wonderful ethical gifts so why not treat a friend or family member to one of the fantastic rhino adoption boxes and be safe in the knowledge that you have contributed towards helping the rhinoceros species to survive.