These reclusive creatures are critically endangered and protected worldwide.
This is due to poachers hunting them for their horns, which have the same chemical make-up as fingernail clippings but are in high demand among ignorant people to produce a magic potion. Due to unceasing conservation efforts, Etosha’s population of black rhinoceros are reasonably stable but numbers are not disclosed to protect them from further harm.
Black rhino usually visit the waterholes at night and are rarely seen, but some have been spotted drinking in the late afternoon or waiting at the waterholes for their turn during the hot, dry season. During the day, they rest in thickets and are seldom seen. Visitors who wait patiently at the floodlit waterholes have the best chance of seeing them.