Scientific Name: Diceros bicornis
Status: Critically Endangered
Number Remaining: about 5,000
Average Height: 4.5 to 6 feet
Average Weight: 1,760 -3,080 pounds
The black rhino was almost hunted to extinction by 20th-century British colonists, who killed rhinos for food and sport. Poachers continue to hunt the rhino for their horns. The ivory is coveted in black markets all over the world, which has caused a spike in rhino deaths. Habitat loss also threatens the efforts to save the black rhino.