The Black Rhinoceros, Diceros bicornis, is a large rhinoceros from Africa. It is one of two African rhinoceros species; the other is the white rhinoceros.

The black rhinoceros is one of the most aggressive rhino species. Rhinos are legendary for their poor eyesight, but their senses of smell and hearing are acute. Although they look clumsy, rhinos can swivel around rapidly to face danger. The immense black rhino is relatively fearless and unpredictable and will charge people or animals, usually stopping just before impact.

There are currently approximately 5,055 black rhinos in survival (International Rhino Foundation).


A Black Rhinoceros

In Zoo Tycoon

In Zoo Tycoon, the black rhinoceros lives in the savannah biome. It can be bought with $1200 and requires a lot of space. It is quite hard to keep it in a mixed exhibit with other Savannah animals like zebras and lions.

Zoo Tycoon 2


The black rhinoceros is a large animal that prefers a large enclosure. It prefers the savannah biome.


The black rhinoceros is an herbivore that will eat branches and grass.


The black rhinoceros enjoys playing with the pursuit ball.


The black rhinoceros prefers the shade structure.


Rhinos are usually solitary creatures that prefer their mate as their only social interaction.


  • The black rhinoceros originally could not swim. Installation of Endangered Species allows the rhino to swim.
  • Some Zoo Tycoon 2 fans complains that the game failed to produce a realistic skin texture, as it has blue and black swirls across the body. In real life, the rhinoceros has plain grey or white skin.

Trivia not relevant for the game


In Real Life

Zoo Tycoon animals