Southern Black Rhino

Meet Uhuru - One of only 60 Southern Black Rhinos found in AZA accredited zoos in the United States.

Fast Facts

Uhuru came to the Abilene Zoo on February 6, 2023!

Habitat: African Savanna


Red Listing: Critically Endangered

Native to southern Africa, these solitary animals live in brush and scattered open woodlands of the savanna

Southern Black Rhinos feast on leaves, twigs, shrubs, and herbs. What makes the Southern Black Rhino unique is its prehensile lip. The top lip of their mouth acts like a finger that helps grab leaves and branches.

Southern black rhinos can charge at speeds of up to 30 mph

Although they have poor eyesight, their sense of smell and hearing is excellent. They can swivel their ears in all directions picking up noises from far off in the distance. These territorial animals make their home around watering holes, and self-made mud wallows.

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