The Desert dwelling Rhinos of Namibia


The black rhinos of Namibia are unique. Unlike their cousins in other countries, they thrive in the harsh, dry deserts of Namibia.

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Rhino tracking in Namibia by Minnesota Zoo/Save the Rhinos Trust

*They have evolved to survive without water for two to three days.

Black rhino crash in Namibia (David Shephard Wildlife Foundation)

Black rhino crash in Namibia (David Shephard Wildlife Foundation)

*They have developed resistance to the toxic chemicals in plants native to the area.

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The Euphorbia plant is a favorite among Namibian rhinos, especially during droughts.

*Their ranges are far greater than other black rhinos; spanning nearly 200 sq km (50,000 acres) which is twice as large as the rhinos in South Africa. A few individuals have even been reported to have ranges of over 700 sq km (173,000 acres)!

bl rhino namibia by dave hamman

NW Namibian Black Rhino by Dave Hamman.

 *Namibian black rhinos make up about a third of the world’s remaining rhino population.






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3 thoughts on “The Desert dwelling Rhinos of Namibia

  1. Karen

    So beautiful. I did not know about their resistance to toxic plants. thanks for sharing.

  2. These rhinos are amazing. The picture of the crash looks like white rhinos, not black ones.

    • You are so right Jessica! Good catch! I believe the photo was falsely captioned. Replaced it! And yes, they are truly amazing 🙂

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