World Rhino Day - 22 September

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World Rhino Day is celebrated every year on 22 September.

An Overview of the News

  • It is a global initiative whose primary goal is to raise awareness of the significant challenges facing the rhinoceros species around the world.

  • The day also serves as a platform to advocate for the protection and conservation of rhinos.

  • World Rhino Day highlights the serious threats and hardships that rhinoceros species face in their natural habitats.

History of World Rhino Day

  • The rhinoceros crisis began in Africa in the 1990s due to the large-scale poaching of rhinoceros horns.

  • By 2010, the crisis became widespread, with only 30,000 rhinos left globally.

  • In 2010, the World Wildlife Fund - South Africa launched World Rhino Day to address the growing threat of rhinos.

  • Lisa Jane Campbell's Vision (2011): Lisa Jane Campbell's efforts to protect all five rhinoceros species led to the establishment of World Rhino Day.

  • The purpose of dedicating a day to the rhinoceros is to promote awareness about the conservation of its five distinct species.

The five species of rhinoceros include:

  1. Javan Rhino

  2. Sumatran Rhino

  3. Black Rhino

  4. Greater One Horned Rhinoceros

  5. White Rhino

Importance of World Rhino Day:

  • Raises awareness of the dire situation of rhinos.

  • Amplifies the voices of organizations, enthusiasts, and individuals.

  • Discusses and promotes conservation projects.

  • Encourages active participation in rhino conservation efforts.

  • Emphasis was placed on adopting sustainable practices for the survival of rhinos.

  • The impact of individual choices on the welfare of rhinos is highlighted.

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