Breeding success is related to the size of the zoo enclosures where courtship and mating occurs. This is important because of the quite aggressive pre-copulatory behaviour. The primarily requirement for successful breeding Black rhinos is pair compatibility. Research of Carlstead et al, suggests that “a compatible pair is one in which the female is relatively more aggressive and assertive, and the male more submissive and adaptable” (Carlstead et al, 1999).

Photo of Two Black rhinos at Chester Zoo.

Two Black rhinos at Chester Zoo.

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