Critically endangered black rhino Phoebe is enjoying her breakfast!
Rhinos are a keystone species and these mega herbivores play an essential role in the ecosystem. The black rhino is responsible for geo-forming the environment by reshaping the landscape over time. Black rhinos prune the veldt, removing branches at a perfect 45 degree angle allowing for regrowth. They host a number of parasites which form the basis of a food chain and have created symbiotic relationships with many birds. Through their vast home ranges and spreading of dung, they fertilise the soil and provide the basis for complex food chains. The presence of rhinos in an ecosystem is fundamental and without them, the health of the habitat will deteriorate and have catastrophic effect on other species and biodiversity.