World Rhino Day – 22 September
Every year, on 22 September, we observe World Rhino Day.
We observe this day to raise awareness about the different species of rhinoceros around the world and the dangers they face.
Today, there are 5 types of rhinos in the world. They are black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos. And they are found in parts of Africa and Asia (including India).
Sadly, today all rhinos are endangered. This means there are very few of them. Hunters kill them for their horns, which some people believe can cure illness. Even though this information is not correct, rhinos still die because of this. So, all the rhinos in the world are currently under protection by government and wildlife organisations.
History of World Rhino Day
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) announced World Rhino Day in 2010. However, it was popularized by two women, Lisa Jane Campbell and Rhishja Cota and thanks to them, the celebration of the day became popular all over the world.
Theme of the day
The theme of World Rhino Day this year is Keep The Five Alive. As the theme says, we must do everything we can to keep all five rhino species alive and well. This means, not only protecting them but also the places where they live and the plants and animals they live along with.
Today, there are only about 30,000 rhinos left in the world. So, what would you also like to do to help save these wonderful animals that are in danger? Tell us about your ideas on Curious Times.
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