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.