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The black rhino manipulates its food with the aid of its narrow prehensile lips. These contrast markedly with the wide lips of the white rhino (Ceratotherium simum), which is a grazer.
The black rhino has been heavily poached for its horn. Formerly distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa, in 2003 only 3600 individuals remained. Most live in the game parks of eastern and southern Africa where they receive some protection against poachers.
The West African black rhinoceros is the most endangered subspecies. Only a few individuals survive in northern Cameroon.
Scattered pockets in eastern and southern Africa
Open woodland, thickets and savanna edges
Low level browse (leaves, buds, and shoots of plants, bushes, and trees)
Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for black rhinoceros.