Wow! King, a baby black rhino, is now on display at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Black rhinos are listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. Conservation efforts in the wild include dehorning and fenced sanctuaries to prevent poaching.
Some black rhino facts:
- Have possible mutualistic relationships with oxpeckers; the oxpeckers get meals from parasites found in the rhino’s skin, while perhaps giving the rhinos advanced warning of approaching predators (thanks to the oxpecker’s superior vision)
- Aside from humans, predators include lions and spotted hyenas
- Did you know black rhinos have two (and sometimes three) “horns?” Also, did you know rhino “horns” are actually composed of keratin and not bone?
Check out King’s full story here.