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An adult black rhinoceros can weigh up to 3,000 pounds with a body length of 10 to 12.5 feet. A thick, wrinkled, tough hide protects the rhino as it pushes its way through the thorny acacia trees and bushes it likes to eat.
The black rhinoceros is distinguished by two large horns on its nose, the front one being the largest. These horns can measure up to 50 inches in length and are made of hardened compressed hair-like fibers. While the horns do not possess any rare or valuable materials, they are still highly sought-after by some cultures for traditional medicines and for decorative accents. As a result, the black rhino has been hunted nearly to extinction. They have small eyes and are extremely nearsighted, making the rhino dangerous and unpredictable, and likely to charge unfamiliar sounds and smells. However, their excellent sense of smell and hearing give them information about their surroundings and helps them detect danger.
Your Adopt-an-Animal donation will be used to support these horned giants and further the San Francisco Zoological Society’s mission to connect people to wildlife, inspire caring for nature, and advance conservation action. An adoption of a black rhinoceros makes a great gift for friends, coworkers, family or for yourself!
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