South-western black rhinoceros

Diceros bicornis occidentalis

The south-western black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis occidentalis) is a subspecies of the black rhinoceros, living in southwestern Africa (northern Namibia and southern Angola, introduced to South Africa). It is currently listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. The biggest threat towards the subspecies Diceros bicornis occidentalis is illegal poaching.
South-western black rhino || Etosha || Oct 2018
 Diceros bicornis occidentalis,South-western black rhinoceros

Appearance

The south-western black rhino, like all black rhino subspecies, has a distinct prehensile lip and is a browser. Its appearance is similar to other subspecies, the most important difference to them is a relatively broad head behind the eyes and minor features in the dentition. Other characters often mentioned, like body size or the straightness and size of the horns, are subject to individual variation. They also are most adapted to arid habitat and can be found in arid savanna and desert climates.
South-western black rhino || Etosha || Oct 2018
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Distribution

Historically, this subspecies once roamed in Angola, and Namibia, but their current range has decreased. The stronghold of the species is primarily in Namibia. One to four specimens have been reported from Angola and others were introduced to South Africa. The total population is increasing and numbered to 1,920 animals in 2010, with 55.8% adults. Poaching due to increasing horn prices is considered the main threat to the population

Status

The IUCN considers the living northern Namibian black rhino populations to belong to the subspecies ''D. bicornis bicornis'', and does not recognize a separate ''D. b. occidentalis''. This synonymy, based upon du Toit was, however, considered erroneous by Groves and Grubb , and ''D. b. occidentalis'' was re-established as a valid subspecies. As all southernmost populations of black rhinoceros were exterminated by the mid-19th century, ''D. b. bicornis'' is completely extinct today.

Predators

Historically, this subspecies once roamed in Angola, and Namibia, but their current range has decreased. The stronghold of the species is primarily in Namibia. One to four specimens have been reported from Angola and others were introduced to South Africa. The total population is increasing and numbered to 1,920 animals in 2010, with 55.8% adults. Poaching due to increasing horn prices is considered the main threat to the population

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Status: Vulnerable
EX EW CR EN VU NT LC
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderPerissodactyla
FamilyRhinocerotidae
GenusDiceros
SpeciesD. bicornis occidentalis
Photographed in
Namibia