India opener and star batsman Rohit Sharma has called for the safe protection of the two new rhino calves in Assam’s Manas National Park.
The two new rhino calves were born in January and with this, the rhino population in Manas stands at 42.
“It’s been a great start to 2020 with 2 new rhino calves being born in Manas National Park within a month! Let’s come together to help protect these new #rhino calves & give them a safe habitat to grow in,” Rohit tweeted.
The cricketer has launched a campaign ‘Rohit4Rhinos’ in association with WWF India and Animal Planet to create awareness on protection and conservation of one-horned rhinos. Rohit has pledged to do his bit to save the “vulnerable” species from extinction.
It may be mentioned, under the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 Programme, the seventh round of wild to wild rhino translocation will be carried out on February 29th, 2020 and on March 1st, 2020 as per the standard protocol procedures for Assam.
Two sub-adult female rhinos from the western range of Bagori under Kaziranga National Park will be translocated to the Manas National Park.
Of the estimated 3500 Indian rhinos left in the world, 82 per cent are found in India. Once found abundantly across the Indus, Ganges and the Brahmaputra river basins, the animal is facing several threats, including poaching, habitat loss and mass mortality from in-breeding and disease.
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