Rhinos have for decades been under the radar of hunters and poachers. This has led to the diminishing numbers of an animal that once roamed free all the way from Pakistan to the Indo-Burmese border.
The Indian Rhino Vision 2020 is a collaborative project among the State Government of Assam, the International Rhino Foundation and the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Bodoland Territorial Council and the U.S. Fish and World Wildlife Foundation.
Objectives of the Indian Rhino vision 2020
The primary objective of the Indian Rhino Vision is the rehabilitation and increasing the numbers of the One-horned rhino which is on the brink of extinction. Another important objective of the scheme is improving the protection of Rhino’s in all rhino habitations, specifically Assam.
Expanding the rhino spread across the nation and taking care of rhinos while translocating them is also an important objective of the Indian Rhino Vision 2020.
Updates on the Rhino Vision
The Rhino vision actually started off quite early as rhino translocations have started all the way back in 2008, 18 Indian rhinos were moved to Manas National Park – a UNESCO world Heritage site and a protected area which was once a home to a large rhino population.
Increased security has led to the decrease in poaching scenarios as there have been significant declines in poaching cases from 2014-17.
With the IRV2020 in action, we are looking at the comeback of a formidable animal whose loss would be too big a loss to bear in a world that thrives on diverse ecosystems.