Learn about the Rhino
Why the Black Rhino?
The short answer is that the Black Rhinoeceros is Darryl’s favorite animal. The rhino has a tough exterior, but is gentle enough to be frequently seen with small birds riding on their backs. The Black Rhino is a powerful force with unique sense of attacking a problem head on. That’s why we named our company after the Black Rhino and are committed to “clearing the path to your success.”
About the Black Rhino
The black rhinoceros or hook-lipped rhinoceros is native to eastern and central Africa. Although the rhinoceros is referred to as black, its colors vary from brown to gray. An adult black rhinoceros stands approximately 52–71 inches high at the shoulder and is 9.2–12 feet in length. An adult typically weighs from 1,800 to 3,100 pounds. The species overall is classified as critically endangered, and one subspecies, the western black rhinoceros, was declared extinct by the IUCN in 2011.
For most of the 20th century the continental black rhino was the most numerous of all rhino species. Around 1900 there were probably several hundred thousand living in Africa. During the latter half of the 20th century their numbers were severely reduced from an estimated 70,000 in the late 1960s to only 10,000 to 15,000 in 1981. In the early 1990s the number dipped below 2,500, and in 2004 it was reported that only 2,410 black rhinos remained. According to the International Rhino Foundation, which breeds black rhinos—the total African population had recovered to 4,240 by 2008 (which suggests that the 2004 number was low).In 2002 only 10 West African rhinos remained in Cameroon, and in 2006 intensive surveys across its putative range failed to locate any, leading to fears that this subspecies was extinct In 2011 the IUCN declared the Western black rhino extinct.
How you can help
Several conservation organizations exist to assist in saving the Black Rhino from extinction. To find out more information about the Black Rhino as a species, the conservation efforts and how you can help, visit these great resources:
- World Wildlife Foundation
- Save the Rhino
- Saving Rhinos
- plus, check your local zoo for adoption and conservation activities
Black Rhino’s Black Rhino
Black Rhino Financial Group is proud to have symbolically adopted an eastern black rhinoceros through the Lincoln Park Zoo.