Sunday, 22 September 2019

WORLD RHINO DAY

September 22nd is World Rhino Day.



These are Great One Horned Rhinos I photographed in Chester Zoo ten years ago. 



The Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), also called the greater one-horned rhinoceros and great Indian rhinoceros, is a rhinoceros native to the Indian subcontinent. It is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, as populations are fragmented and restricted to less than 20,000 km2 (7,700 sq mi). Moreover, the extent and quality of the rhino's most important habitat, alluvial grassland and riverine forest, is considered to be in decline due to human and livestock encroachment. The Indian rhinoceros once ranged throughout the entire stretch of the Indo-Gangetic Plain, but excessive hunting and agricultural development reduced their range drastically to 11 sites in northern India and southern Nepal.    As of 2008, a total of 2,575 mature individuals were estimated to live in the wild.


World Rhino Day is celebrated on September 22 every year! This special day provides the opportunity for cause-related organizations, NGOs, zoos, and members of the public to celebrate rhinos in their own unique ways.

4 comments:

  1. Rhinos are amazing. If we humans don't stop fouling our beautiful nest, we won't have them anymore, and that makes me very sad.

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  2. Since the rhinos can't thank you for calling attention to their needs, I will. Thank you. They are special animals. I joined my first wildlife conservation group at age 11 and still do what I can to help them.

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  3. Only this past week, O.K. and I went to the zoo in Stuttgart. They have a rhino there, but I don't know which species, as we did not stop to look at the information next to its enclosure. The zoo is huge and we wanted to see "everything" (we didn't), and I must admit by the time we came past the rhino, we were both hungry and thirsty and on the lookout for a café. Sorry, dear rhinos, we didn't mean any disrespect!

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  4. I just hope that we will be celebrating it for many decades to come.

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