World Rhino Day is celebrated on September 22 every year. This special day provides the opportunity for cause related organizations, NGOs, zoos and members of the public to celebrate in their own unique style. World Rhino Day is a day of awareness for all five rhino species black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and javan rhinos. The work being done to save them. Since 2011, World Rhino Day has been celebrated internationally on September 22nd . This year is the 10th anniversary.

It was in 2010, when the plight of rhinos was not known to people around the world. People were not really aware just how close were coming to the total extinction of this majestic species. This is why, in that year, the WWF South Africa announced World Rhino Day in an effort to save the world’s remaining rhinos, in an effort that grew to be an unprecedented success. In 2011, Lisa Jane Campbell of Chishakwe Ranch in Zimbabwe sent an email to Rhishja, a fellow lover of rhinos who wanted to see the five species of rhinos in the world continue to thrive. This is how World Rhino Day was formed, and every year on September 22 the day is celebrated across the globe. 

Rhinos are critically endangered species. At the start of the 20th century, there were over 500,000 rhinos across the world. However, human activity has caused a dramatic decline in the rhino numbers. Poaching and illegal trade of rhino horn have increased sharply since 2007 and remain one of the major reasons; rhinos are still endangered today. World Rhino Day 2021 is a day dedicated to the magnificent animal species, focussing on how we can save them.

Celebrate World Rhino Day 2021 by educating yourself on the plight of rhinoceros in our modern world and what we can do to help save those that remain. Rhinos are such as an impressive symbol of strength, resilience and tenacity that it would be heart-breaking to have those traits disappear.

About the Author: Hajra Ashfaq is doing BS in Environmental Science from GC University Sialkot. She is also serving as an Executive Member in Marketing Team of The Earth Needs Love.