Rhinos

Black rhinos are found in bushy plains, rugged hills, and scrublands in isolated areas of Central and South Africa. Black rhinos also are known as the prehensile or hook-lip rhinos. This lip is a special tool used for browsing on leaves and twigs.

You’ll see two different species of rhinos at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay and learn how to spot their unique characteristics. Spot the rhinos on a Serengeti Safari®or the Serengeti Railway train. 

Due to poaching, less than 2,000 black rhinos remain. Black rhinos have suffered the most spectacular rate of decline of all rhino species with a 96 percent reduction in population in the last 25 years. The rhinos at Busch Gardens® Tampa participate in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) to ensure genetic diversification among threatened and endangered animals in zoological facilities.

Q: What is a rhino’s horn made of?

BG: A rhino's horn is not a true horn that is attached to the skull. It grows from the skin and is made up of keratin fibers, the same material found in hair and nails.

Q: How much do black rhinos weigh?

BG: Black rhinos weigh 1,000 to 3,000 pounds.

Q: What do rhinos eat?

BG: Black rhinos use their prehensile lips to feed on grasses and plants.