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Their thick-layered skin protects the rhino from thorns and sharp grasses. Their skin hides external parasites, like mites and ticks, which are eaten by oxpeckers and egrets that live with the rhino. This was once thought to be an example of mutualism, but recent evidence suggests that oxpeckers may be parasites instead, feeding on rhino blood. Black rhinos have poor eyesight, relying more on hearing and smell. Their ears have a wide rotational range to detect sounds. A great sense of smell alerts rhinos to the presence of predators¥
The rhinoceros seen in the Lion King franchise appear to be Black Rhinoceroses (Diceros bicornis), because of their hooked lips. A grown black rhinoceros stands 132–180 cm (52–71 in) high at the shoulder and is 2.8–3.8 m (9.2–12 ft) in length, plus a tail of about 60 cm (24 in) in length. The females are smaller than the males. Two horns on the skull are made of keratin with the larger front horn typically 50 cm (20 in) long, exceptionally up to 140 cm (55 in).
The longest known black rhinoceros horn was nearly 1.5 m (4.9 ft) in length. The black rhino is smaller than the white rhino and has a pointed and prehensile upper lip, which it uses to grasp leaves and twigs when eating.
Appearances in Fanfiction
Here are all the fanfictions that this animal makes an appearance in that are on this wiki. If your fanfiction includes rhinoceroses, add it to this list.
- Lion King 4: Upelelezi's Journey (Chapter 2)
- The Lion Guard: A Celebration to Remember
- The Lion Guard: Defending The Pridelands
- The Lion Guard: Another Kupatana Celebration
- The Lion Guard: Celebrating Kupatana
- The Lion Guard: The Savannah Summit
- The Lion Guard: Thurston's Mate
- The Lion Guard: Zira's Revenge
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