Black rhinos are the smaller of the two African rhino species.
They have a ‘prehensile’ pointy upper lip, which they use to grasp and pluck leaves off branches. This distinguishes them from the white rhino, which has a square lip. Despite the names, white and black rhinos have a grey skin colour. They have two horns, and occasionally a third, small posterior horn.
The name rhinoceros means ‘nose horn’. It comes from Ancient Greek words ‘rhino’ (nose) and ‘ceros’ (horn).
How does the Rhino go?
Rhinos growl and make ‘trumpet calls’ when engaging with rivals. They snort to express anger and make sneeze-like calls when sensing danger. They make a high-pitched ‘wonk’ when they become scared, which turns into a scream when terrified!
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