World Rhino Day [September 22]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 6, 2022, 7:15

World Rhino Day is recognised and celebrated every year on September 22. The aim is to create awareness about the five species of the Rhino. These five species are the Javan rhino, Sumatran Rhino, Black Rhino, Greater one-horned Rhino, and White Rhino.

NGOs and other concerned organisations celebrate World Rhino Day by spreading awareness about these creatures and discussing the importance of saving rhinos.

World Rhino Day History

In 2011, a woman named Lisa Jane Campbell sent a letter to a woman named Rhishja, who wanted to see and help the growth of all the five species of rhinos in the world. Due to the love of these two women for the rhinos, World Rhino Day was conceptualised and introduced to people all over the world.

However, there are still a few rhinos left in the world. At present, there are around 100 Sumatran Rhinos left globally, and between 60-and 65 Javan rhinos left. Therefore, there is still a lot more work to do.

World Rhino Day Important Facts

Date of celebration

22 September

Theme - 2021

Keep the Five Alive


The Five species of Rhino

White Rhino - Near Threatened

Black Rhino - Critically endangered

Greater One-Horned - Vulnerable

Javan - Critically Endangered

Sumatran Rhino - Critically Endangered

World Rhino Day - Conservation Efforts by India

  • The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) launched the National Conservation Strategy for Indian One-Horned Rhino
  • Its strategy has enhanced the management of grasslands that helps in reducing the adverse effects of climate change
  • The New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019 includes signatures by India, Indonesia, Bhutan, Nepal, and Malaysia to protect the rhinos
  • The Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) started the Project to create DNA profiles of all rhinos

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World Rhino Day Significance

The five species of rhinoceros are on the verge of extinction. This is due to consistent habitat loss over several years. International Rhino Day aims to raise awareness about the protection of the rhino population.

The objectives of the day include expanding the distribution range, strengthening protection, research, monitoring, sustained funding, and much more.

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World Rhino Day Celebrations

Some ways in which you can celebrate World Rhino Day this year are:

Explore more about Rhino friendly organisations

There are many organisations that take part in the events to promote the safety of rhinos. Some of them are:

  • World Wildlife Federation: The WWF or the World Wildlife Federation, has been working for many years to protect the population of rhinos and improve their security by helping law enforcement and preventing illegal trading.
  • Save the Rhino International: This organisation started in 1992. Save the Rhino works on complex challenges to raise money in the parts of the UK to make efforts for the safety of rhinos. They also work on educating the communities and groups about the goal of saving rhinos from any threat.
  • International rhino foundation: This organization offers its support through various grants and field programs in the Rhino affected areas.
  • Helping Rhinos organization: this organisation works on pairing the baby rhinos with the people. People who want to offer their support can adopt a baby rhino and keep it as a pet.

Share with friends and family

Rhinos are a symbol of strength and resilience. We should not let this species disappear from the earth. You can build communities with family and friends and spread awareness about the same.

The celebration of International Rhino Day should start with people deciding to educate themselves about the condition of rhinos in the world. This will help us to take the necessary actions required for their safety.

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FAQs on World Rhino Day

Q.1. When is World Rhino Day celebrated?

World Rhino Day is recognised and celebrated every year on September 22.

Q.2. Who announced World Rhino Day for the first time?

WWF-South Africa announced World Rhino Day.

Q.3. What is the aim of World Rhino Day?

World Rhino Day helps the NGOs and other concerned organisations to celebrate and spread awareness about these creatures and the importance of saving rhinos in the environment.

Q.4. What are some rhino-friendly organisations to collaborate with on World Rhino Day?

Some rhino-friendly organisations to collaborate with on World Rhino Day are:

  • World Wildlife Federation
  • Save the Rhino International
  • International rhino foundation
  • Helping Rhinos organization

Q.5. What was the theme of World Rhino Day 2021?

'Keep the Five Alive' was the theme of World Rhino Day 2021.