Recognising the critical situation with concern to the protection of Asian Rhinos, the good news is finally here. The five Asian countries including India, Bhutan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Nepal have signed a declaration ‘The New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019’ to augment Rhino protection measures including the greater one-horned rhinoceros that are found in the Indian subcontinent. Also, the declaration is signed to review the population of one-horned rhinos and the protection of critically endangered rhino species including Javan and Sumatran Rhinos keeping in view the latest rhino poaching statistics. The declaration will help in reassessing the need for joint actions to provide a safe haven to these rhinoceros in every four years.
With having a more armoured look, Asian Rhinos comprises of one-horned rhino, the Javan and Sumatran. Despite of having a hefty appearance, the greater one-horned rhino and Javan rhino have one horn, while the Sumatran rhino has two. They all might look tough but the only concern is these Asian Rhinos need a lot of protection right now. All thanks to the years of successful efforts of rhino conservation in Asia because of which the condition of the greater one-horned rhino is slowly recovering, but they all are at risk from the rising threat for rhino poaching and loss of habitat. For instance, Sumatran rhino have been reduced by 70% since the year 1990 and talking about the Javan Rhinos, they became extinct in the year 2010.
Organised by the environment, forest and climate change ministry in collaboration with IUCN Asian Rhino Specialist Group, WWF- India and Aaranyak, the meet aims to come up with a positive result in securing the future of Asian Rhinos. On this, the Union Environment Minister of India Harsh Vardhan affirmed India’s commitment towards the conservation of one-horned Rhino along with other two critically endangered Rhinos.
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