Healthy habitats means healthy homes for the entire rhino population. The funding goes towards monitoring key parameters to conserve precious grasslands and wetlands in Assam.
Local communities are one of the most important stakeholders for helping to protect rhinos. Resources are required to run educational & awareness programmes for communities living around National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, as well as creating additional programmes to strengthen livelihood programmes
Poaching of rhinos for their horn and other body parts has been one of the biggest threats for the species. The funds gathered will be channeled to enhance the security and enforcement measures to protect the wild animal. These include building the capacity of the Forest Department staff, deploying sniffer dogs, use metal detectors, and promote use of cutting edge technology and tools, among others to reduce poaching instances.
Since the Indian rhinos are confined to 10 sites, they run with the risk of diseases, inbreeding and mass mortality. Moreover, 90% of the Indian rhino is found in the Kaziranga National Park, exposing them to the risk of inbreeding, and consequently diseases & mass mortality. Funds will be used to carry out wild-to-wild translocation process of rhinos. This helps to rebuild a healthy breeding population of rhinos in another Protected Area, thus preventing chances of inbreeding and outbreak of disease.
Discovery India and WWF India have been working since 2018 to protect and conserve the Sundarbans, world's only mangrove tiger habitat. Carrying forward this partnership, India's leading wildlife channel, Animal Planet, from Discovery Network, has now joined WWF India in its endeavor to protect the Indian greater one horned rhinoceros, with support from star batsman Rohit Sharma.