Protecting Greater One-Horned Rhinos and their Habitat in Assam

Grantee Aaranyak
Type Protected Area Management
Location India
Species Greater One-Horned Rhino
Grant Amount $83,069.20
Duration 1 year

The state of Assam, India, is home to about 73% of the global wild population of greater one-horned rhinos, which are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN. Aaranyak’s project, with support from the RRF, intends to further strengthen rhino conservation efforts through community awareness, grassland improvement, weed control, needed transport tools to protect rhinos from poachers, GIS-based digital elevation maps to look at water inflow and outflow, and the increase in efficacy in rhino capture and translocation. The greater one-horned rhino is being recognized as the epitome of conservation in Assam, from being downlisted from Endangered to Vulnerable. It is important to keep in mind that although the greater one-horned rhino has seen success, this species is still a conservation and protection dependent species.