Kolkata, Sep 22 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the occasion of World Rhino Day today said there has been a marked increase in rhinoceros population in two national parks in Bengal, Gorumara and Jaldapara.
“Today is World Rhino Day. Recent census results have revealed that there has been a marked increase in rhinoceros population in two national parks in # Bangla, Gorumara and Jaldapara,” Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page.
World Rhino Day is on September 22 and celebrates all five species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.
World Rhino Day was first announced by WWF-South Africa in 2010. The following year, World Rhino Day grew into an international success, encompassing both African and Asian rhino species, thanks to the efforts of two determined women.
It all started with an email: In mid-2011, Lisa Jane Campbell of Chishakwe Ranch in Zimbabwe was already planning for World Rhino Day. She searched online for ideas and potential collaborators and found Rhishja’s blog.
Lisa Jane sent Rhishja an email, and the two found they shared a the common goal of making World Rhino Day a day of celebration for all five species of rhino. In the months that followed, they worked together to make World Rhino Day 2011 an international success, both online and offline.
World Rhino Day has since grown to become a global phenomenon, uniting NGOs, zoos, cause-related organizations, businesses, and concerned individuals from nearly every corner of the world. (UNI)