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Battle for the Black Rhinoceros

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Dawn Cayabyab

on 13 June 2011

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Battle for the Black Rhinoceros ~Who~ Color: Grey to brown Weight: 3000lbs. Height: 6 ft. Characteristics:
Two-facial horns
Pre-hensile mouth ~What~ Scientific Names:
Kingdom~ Animalia
Phylum~ Chordata
Class~ Mammalia
Family~ Rhinocerotidae
Order~ Perissodactyla
Species~ Diceros bicornis ~Where~ Relatives: Tapir Zebra Habitats: Savannas Grasslands Srcub Forests Main Chracteristics:
Scattered trees, bushes, & shrubs
Tall grasses
Open space
Watering holes
Warm; moderate temperature
Wet & dry seasons Distribution Migration patterns: Patterns are never definite; the Black Rhinoceros migrates wherever food and water are available. ~How~ Utilizes its prehensile lip to pluck off leaves and fruits from trees or bushes Feeds during the night or morning ~When~ Reproduction: Produces offspring every two and a half to five years
15 month long gestation
Gives birth to one offspring at a time
Raises the calf for approximately three years
K species ~Why~ ~they are imporant~ H
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B Man (though NOT a natural predator) Black Rhinoceros (Consumer) Plant (Producer) Black Rhinoceroses...
clear out vegetation to help make way for other animals
produce dung that fertilizes soil and germinates seeds
provides ticks for Oxpeckers to consume (has mutualism)
creates pools of water for insects and amphibians to thrive ~Why~ ~they are endangered~ Other Rhinoceros types: Sumatran Indian White Javan Human activity such as poaching:
In Central, Western, Eastern, and Southern parts of Africa
Due to commercial demands for their horns within the black market; worth up to $60,000 each
Horns are deemed magical by several Asian cultures; namely, the Chinese uses the horns' nutrients for traditional medicines
Horns are used as ornaments or decorations
Meat for human comsumption
Recreational hunting And deforestation:
Loss of habitat
Lack of vegetation
Human encounters and attacks ~Solutions~ C
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Improve security monitoring
Affirm both local and international law enforcement
Fund these efforts through wildlife-based tourism R
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N Research of the Black Rhinoceros's habits and territory through GPS tracking
Reintroduction into protected and appropriate areas
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N Increase educational programs in institutions that are located in Black Rhinoceros-populated regions Provide scientific evidence that Black Rhinoceros horns are not medicinal
Fund not only local education, but international education as well Black Rhinoceros// Black Rhino// Diceros Bicornis Dawn Cayabyab
Period 4// Mrs. Pino-Antl ~Sources~ Animal Planet. "Black Rhino Facts : Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom : Animal Planet." Animal Planet : Pets, Wild Animals, Dog Breeds, Cat Breeds. Discovery Communications, LLC., 2011. <http://animal.discovery.com/fansites/wildkingdom/rhino-nights/facts/facts.html>. Sea World & Busch Gardens. "ANIMAL BYTES - Black Rhinoceros." SeaWorld/Busch Gardens ANIMALS - HOME. <http://www.seaworld.org/animal-info/animal-bytes/animalia/eumetazoa/coelomates/deuterostomes/chordata/craniata/mammalia/perissodactyla/black-rhinoceros.htm>. National Geographic Society. "Black Rhinoceroses, Black Rhinoceros Pictures, Black Rhinoceros Facts - National Geographic." Animals, Animal Pictures, Wild Animal Facts - National Geographic. National Geographic Society, 2011. <http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/black-rhinoceros/> WWF. "WWF - Black Rhinoceros." WWF - WWF. Web. <http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/rhinoceros/african_rhinos/black_rhinoceros/>. Small eyes
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