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World Rhino Day 2021

World Rhino Day:

World Rhino Day is observed on 22th September to spread awareness for all five species of rhino and work being done to save them.

  • It was first announced by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – South Africa in 2010. The species of rhinoceros are on the verge of extinction due to persistent poaching and habitat loss over several decades.
  • There are five species of rhino – white and black rhinos in Africa, and the greater one-horned, Javan and Sumatran rhino species in Asia.

IUCN Red List Status:

  • White Rhino: Near Threatened.
  • Black Rhino: Critically endangered.
  • Greater One Horned: Vulnerable.
  • Javan: Critically Endangered
  • Sumatran Rhino: Critically Endangered

Theme 2021: Keep the five Alive.

Objectives: Strengthening protection, Expanding the distribution range, Research and monitoring, Adequate and sustained funding.