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What do rhinos eat?

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Rhinoceroses are herbivorous mammals, meaning they do not consume meat but subsist on plant matter only. They tend to eat whatever vegetation is available to them, and rhinos have adapted specific features to enable this kind of diet.

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According to the San Diego Zoo, black and white rhinos have different diets because of adaptational differences, including the black rhino's prehensile lip, which allows for different dietary specialization. While white rhinos tend to graze on grasses that are native to their savanna habitat, black rhinos browse on different leaves, twigs and branches, which they can grasp and break using their prehensile lip.

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