World Rhino Day is marked every year on September 22 to make humans aware of the significance of the Rhinoceros in our ecosystem and about all of its five species i.e. the Sumatran rhino, the Greater one-horned rhino, the Black rhino, the Javan rhino, and the white rhino.

However, due to people’s inevitable greed for their priceless horns, rampant Rhino poaching has left these majestic creatures on the verge of extinction. At the beginning of the 20th century, 500,000 rhinos roamed the wetlands of Africa and Asia. By 1970, rhino numbers dropped to 70,000, and today, around 27,000 rhinos remain in the wild.

World Rhino Day: History

In 2010, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced World Rhino Day. However, it was brought to light by two women, Lisa Jane Campbell and Rhishja Cota.

In 2011, Lisa, of Chishakwe Ranch in Zimbabwe, was looking for collaborators to plan ahead for World Rhino Day. She found Rhishja, founder and creative director of Annamitici, and sent her an e-mail. Their common goal and work towards making World Rhino Day a day of celebration for all five species of rhino made it an international success, both online and offline.

Since then, World Rhino Day has grown to become a global observation.

World Rhino Day 2021 theme:

The theme of World Rhino Day 2021 is ‘Keep the Five Alive‘, that is, to save all the five important Rhinos species – black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran, and Javan.

World Rhino Day: Significance

As mentioned earlier, there are five species of Rhinos that are found in Africa and Asia. “Some species of the rhinoceros are among the world’s most endangered animals, threatened by both habitat loss and poaching,” reads the official website of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

World Rhino Day plays a crucial role in spreading awareness about these critically endangered species and how they desperately need our help. It also unites NGOs, zoos, cause-related organizations, businesses, and concerned individuals from around the world to work towards the cause.

Bold Slogans and captions to save Rhinos

“We cannot call ourselves humans if we cannot save the innocent rhinoceroses.”

“They have done no harm to us, so why are we harming them…. Save rhinos!!!”

“Rhinos don’t deserve to be killed because they are precious…. Let us save rhinos.”

“Let us appreciate this day because it appreciates all efforts for saving rhinos.”

“The perfect way to celebrate World Rhino Day is by pledging to protect them.”

Save rhinos to save the earth.

Rhinos are an important part of our existence and they need to be saved.

Protect rhinos today to have a better life tomorrow.

Don’t let rhinos become one of the dinos.

They are the chunny unicorns and we must save them.

Nature is a treasure and rhinos are also precious.

Make it a safe world for rhinos.

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