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7 Points About Project Rhino That You Should Know (#geography)(#India)(#IndiaRhino)(#environment)(#generalknowledge)

7 Points About Project Rhino That You Should Know

7 Points About Project Rhino That You Should Know (#geography)(#India)(#IndiaRhino)(#environment)(#generalknowledge)

There are three species of rhino in Asia — Greater one-horned, Javan and Sumatran. Javan and Sumatran Rhino are critically endangered and the Greater one-horned (or Indian) rhino is vulnerable In IUCN Red List. The greater one-horned rhino (or “Indian rhino”) is the largest of the rhino species found northern part of the Indian sub-continent. In 20th century, due to hunting for sports, poaching, their population gets reduced to around 200.

Project Rhino was launched in 2005 as an ambitious effort to attain a wild population of at least 3,000 greater one-horned rhinos spread over seven protected areas in the Indian state of Assam.

International Rhino Fund has partnered with the Assam Forest Department, the Bodoland Territorial Council, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the US Fish & Wildlife Service to address the threats facing Indian rhinos.

To protect rhinos they are moved to safer habitat like Kaziranga National Park and Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary, where they can breed. 

Along with continuing strict protection and community engagement, spreading Indian rhinos out among more protected areas will create a larger, safer and more stable population.

IRF (International Rhino Foundation), Assam’s Forest Department, Bodoland Territorial Council, World Wide Fund - India,the US Fish & Wildlife Service and Indian Rhino Vision 2020 partners worked together to improve protection and monitoring of existing populations, constructing guard posts, patrol roads, and bridges.

At present, there are about 2,600 Indian rhinos in India, with more than 90% of the population concentrated in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park.

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