Thursday 22 September 2022



 September 22nd is WORLD RHINO DAY, we all know this and Rhino's are seen only in zoo's and in the  TV channels covering Animal life. Other than that seeing a rhino is a far off thing.

Rhinoceros though  considered as wild, they never cause harm to humans, and are gentle animals. They would consume fruits, grasses, leaves and vegetables. Generally they are considered as lazy and slow moving animals, but during the times of dangers, they would run at a greater speed. 

World Rhino Day is meant to create awareness about the different kinds of Rhinoceros species as well as the dangers they face. The day also aims to celebrate all five species of Rhino including greater one-horned, Sumatran, black, white, and Javan Rhinos that are found in Africa and Asia. 

From the school days we taught of Rhinocerous as rhino and these are highly found in Assam's Kaziranga National park.

What's special about this park?

The oldest park in Assam, Kaziranga, on the south bank of the Brahmaputra river, is world famous for its great Indian one -horned rhinocerous, of which there aplenty.

The park, which hosts two-thirds of the world's great one-horned rhinoceroses, is a World Heritage Site. According to the census held in March 2018 which was jointly conducted by the Forest Department of the Government of Assam and some recognized wildlife NGOs, the rhino population in Kaziranga National Park is 2,413.
Spread across 430, it is a dazzling mosaic of dense rain - forest, tall elephant grass and swathes of reeds interspersed with vast tracts of marshes and shallow pools that are a favourite haunt of this celebrity prehistoric beast states a wildlife magazine covering the details about Kaziranga. Wild elephant, hog deer and barasingha also abound. Book in advance for at least  a night's stay at the forest lodge to catch those early morning views of him from elephant -back. Jeep safaris are also arranged. This National park is 217 km from Guwahati and 96 Km from Jorhat.
Apart from Kaziranga National park a home for Rhinos in Assam, Gujarat has a special religious bond with rhinos. Mostly many of us are aware that the lion is the vehicle of ma Durga or Parvathi. But here in Gujarat, Rhino is the divine vehicle of Mata Dhavdi, an incarnation of Mata Parvati Devi. There is a temple dedicated to Ma Dhavdi in Dhrangadhra, Gujarat. She holds Trishul and various other weapons in her three hands, and blesses us in one hand.
Any where in India or around the world- stop poaching, save rhinos, Let's take a pledge.

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