A black rhino with its head held characteristically high. Black rhinos always look like they are asking “What do you want?” in a not too friendly way. I guess it’s just that they hold their head up high instead of looking demurely to the ground like their cousins the white rhinos. Anyway, it’s always a blessing to see one of these endangered animals!
This picture shows very clearly why the black rhino is also called hook-lipped. The triangular shape of the upper lip can almost be used like a finger to carefully pick branches from the ground or leaves from scrubs.
Happy World Rhino Day 2019!
My first black rhino! The black rhino is actually not black in color, but brown or grey like its cousin the white rhino. One of the main differences between the black and the white rhino is the shape of its lips. The mouth of the black rhino has a slight V-shape, unlike the white rhino which has a straight mouth. This is why the species are also known as hook-lipped rhinoceros for the black, and square-lipped rhinoceros for the white.