World Rhino Day: A Call to Action for Global Rhino Conservation

World Rhino Day

The rhinoceros (mostly known as the rhino) is a magnificent and powerful herbivorous mammal that is currently very near to be extinct. It is due to different factors just like poaching and habitat loss, which is making them critically endangered in the wild. In order to preserve these magnificent creatures, world rhino day is celebrated every year on 22 September.

Rhino Day History

From 1990 to 2009, world witnessed a very severe decline in the population of rhinos all around. Due to this scenario, WWF-South Africa declared a day for the rhinos in 2010 to protect the remaining individuals in the wild. This day became popular in the world after an email, sent by Lisa Jane Campbell to Rhishja in 2011. They just wanted to ensure that all 5 rhino species continue to live well.

Facts about Rhinos

Common Name

Scientific Name

Number of Species

Population Size




Top Speed



Most Distinctive Feature



5 (White, Black, Indian, Javan, Sumatran) 

   Around 26,272

Around 40-50 years 

1,720 – 3,080 pounds (black), 3,080 – 7,920 (white)

2.8 – 3.8 meter (black), 3.7 – 4 meter (white)

Around 55 km/h  

Humans, Lions, Tigers

 Grasses, fruits, and leaves

Horns (1 or 2) on the nose    


World rhino day is an awareness event that is celebrated every year by involving all the N.G.O.s, wildlife conservation centers, zoos, and research centers. This day strongly discourages the activities that harm the rhinos such as poaching practices. This event is not only to spread awareness among the individuals about the declining population of rhinos but also encourage youth to play their role to conserve them.


Million Years Back

Hazy rhinoceros

The very first hazy rhinoceros was witnessed in china.


Poaching threats

During the colonial era, rhinos faced poaching threats for the purpose of sport.

1970 – 1980 

Demand of rhino horns

In Asian countries, poaching started to touch sky with the increasing demand for rhino horns.


CITES declaration

Trade of rhino horns was declared to be illegal by the CITES.


Rhino horns trade banned

The medicinal uses and domestic trade of rhino horns got banned by Chinese government.


A day for rhinos

A day for rhinos was declared to be celebrated to save them to be extinct.

Statistics that Matter

  • Rhino horns are made of keratin, not bone
  • “Rhinoceros” consists of 2 Greek words: rhino and ceros, meaning nose and horn
  • The gestation period of rhinos is for 15 – 16 months
  • Being biggest animals in world, they can grow 1.8m tall with 2,500 kg weight
  • Only 29,000 rhinos are remaining in the wild due to illegal hunting
  • Rhinos are able to see objects at the distance of 98 feet

How to Celebrate World Rhino Day?

World Rhino Day

Save the Rhino

Support the trustworthy organizations which are serving to save the rhinos, such as “World Wildlife Federation” (WWF), “Save the Rhino International”, and “International Rhino Foundation”. On the related note, got the scoop of the successful revival of Indian Rhinoceros population? Join the movement to protect these magnificent animals from poaching and habitat loss at World Rhino Day.

Educate and Explore

Visit some library on find out on internet about the rhinos. Explore the species of rhinos and their needs. Not only this, you can teach your children to let them know about this fascinating creature.

Unite Against Poaching

Organize a party in honor of rhino day. Invite all your friends and family members to educate them about the life of rhinos and the threats they are currently facing. You can also organize a peaceful protest to educate people for ending poaching.

Domestication and Care

Rhinos are the wild animals which are completely unsuitable for domestication. This is due to their specific needs and behavior. Their domestication or care is not as easy as it sounds. So, instead of domesticating them, try to help them out in their natural habitat. Fund the organizations which are working for the betterment of rhinos.

World Rhino Day Dates

2024September 22 Sunday
2025September 22Monday
2026September 22Tuesday
2027September 22Wednesday
2028September 22Friday
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Due to severe threats liking poaching and illegal hunting, only about 29,000 rhinos are left in the wild. This is a finding of the World Wide Fund for Nature.

It’s very clear while looking at a rhino! Since, there are 5 species of rhinos, named: 1. White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) 2. Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) 3. Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) 4. Javan Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) 5. Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) From these species, white rhinos, black rhinos, and Sumatran rhinos have 2 horns, but Javan rhinos and Indian rhinos have only 1 horn.

This is due to the illegal trade or hunting and poaching threats, faced by the rhinos. For example, the main threat for black rhinos is the high demand for rhino horns on the illegal international market, which is mainly prominent in Asia.

Telly Parker

Telly Parker is an experienced content writer and dedicated researcher with seven years of experience in crafting engaging and informative content. With a passion for wildlife conservation and ecology, Telly specializes in writing captivating pieces that educate and inspire readers about the wonders of the natural world. Through meticulous research and a creative approach to storytelling, Telly brings complex topics to life, shedding light on the importance of biodiversity and the preservation of our planet's ecosystems.

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