How to Draw a Black Rhinoceros

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Black Rhinoceros in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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How to Draw a Black Rhinoceros - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: The Black Rhinoceros is a creature that lives in Africa. They have sharp horns that are highly prized in some cultures for their healing powers, which has caused poachers to hunt them to near extinction. To draw a black rhinoceros, start by drawing his head. He has two horns, a long curved one in front, and a shorter straight horn behind it. Add the rhino’s chin and his ears.

Step 2: Next, add a line for detail on his ears, and a line for his smile. Then add an eye.

Step 3: Draw a long curving line for the rhinoceros’ back. His back is very strong! Add a small line behind his chin for his chest.

Step 4: Draw the rhino’s front leg by making a wide ‘V’ shape that ends in a foot. Rhinos have very short stumpy toes.

Step 5: Now draw the other front leg, just like the first.

Step 6: Draw a wide rounded line for the belly, and another leg, but this time wider at the top for his haunch.

Step 7: Add a smaller back leg behind the first.

Step 8: Then add the rhino’s tail. It’s long and skinny with a bushy tuft at the end. Now you’re done! Unlike their names, black rhinos are actually dark gray or a brownish color.

Interesting Facts about Black Rhinoceroses

The black rhinoceros, also called the hook-lipped rhinoceros, is native to eastern and central countries in Africa. It is critically endangered, which means that it is at risk of being extinct. One subspecies became extinct in 2011. Other species became extinct in prehistoric times with dinosaurs.

Did you know?

  • Despite its name, this rhinoceros species is grey or brown in color.
  • They are called “hook-lipped” rhinos because their upper lip points up, as if it is hanging by a hook.
  • They are herbivores. Their diet includes plants, fruits, bushes, and branches. They prefer leafy plants.
  • They can live for up to five days without drinking water.
  • Black rhinos are solitary animals. However, after a baby (calf) is born, it stays with its mother for its three years of life.
  • This species is on the brink of extinction due to illegal hunting, as well as other reasons. Humans have been hunting them for their horns.

Adult black rhinoceroses are between four and seven feet tall, and they are about nine to 12.5 feet long. They have a two-foot long tail. Their average weight is between 1,800 and 3,100 pounds. They have two horns on their head, which are an average of 20 inches long.