Black Rhinoceros

Black rhinoceros courtesy of Operation Charm
Credit: © WWF-Canon / Roger Hooper
Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis), Kenya

Rhinos are one of the largest remaining free-roaming mammals. They play an important role in ecosystems by serving as "landscape architects" of their habitat, acting as seed dispersers. Rhinos consume plants and since it can take a rhino more than three days to digest a meal, seeds can be transported a significant distance before they are deposited in droppings. Thus, rhino dung is important to ecosystems through seed dispersal and through enhancement of soil fertility. The existence of this majestic species is increasingly threatened, due primarily to poaching and habitat loss.

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