Interspecies Conflict/Rhino vs Leopard


Hello Jim,me and my friends have been wondering who would win between a Black Rhino and an African Leopard.Thanks

Hey Denice and friends,

To put this in perspective for you- the average adult Black rhino weighs in at around 1,200kg. The largest, most dominant African leopards are about 90kg. So physically it is an almost impossible task for an African leopard to kill a Black rhino. Adding on to the size difference is the fact that Black rhinos are possibly the most impressive overall physical specimens I can think of. They are huge and powerful, but also relatively quick and agile. They have incredibly tough skin that no 90kg animal will be able to penetrate, and an extremely dangerous weapon at the end of their face.

No single predator would be able to beat a Black rhino in a fight, so I'm afraid the leopard loses this one!

Hope that helps.

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I can answer most questions relating to real or hypothetical situations. I have a better understanding of animal behavior and specifically predatory behavior and interspecies predatory relationships. Mammals is my field of expertise but I can do my best in answering questions regarding other animals. Small mammals are my favourite matchups. One or two prehistoric match-ups is OK, but please do not focus on them as they are outside my expertise.


Even before completing my degree I considered myself an expert in mammal behavior. Doing my degree only furthered my interest and knowledge in the subject. After uni I got the opportunity to spend 6 months in South Africa and Kenya where I spent nearly every day basically observing and studying the animals of the savanna.

BSc Degree in Zoology from the Melbourne University, Australia.

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