By Rajat Ghai
A recent report warns that the world's rhinos could vanish in the next two decades if rampant poaching isn't curbed. Rajat Ghai lists the challenges facing the iconic animal
A CREATURE OF MYTH AND WONDER
* The rhino is the second-largest land animal after the elephant
* Weighs 3,000 kg and has a body sheathed with plates of 'armour'
* Has a 'horn' on its nose. The horn is actually keratin, the matter from which nails, hair and hooves are formed. The horn on its nose gave the rhino its name - 'rhino' (nose) and 'keros' (horn)
THE FIVE CLANS
* Africa has two species. The continent (mostly Sub-Saharan region) is home to the White Rhino and the Black Rhino
* Asia is home to the Indian Rhino, found in India and Nepal
* The Javan and Sumatran species are found on the islands of Java, Sumatra (both in Indonesia) and Borneo (divided between Malaysia and Indonesia
ROAMING GROUNDS IN INDIA
* Historical range: from Peshawar Valley to Upper Assam. The Baburnama famously records Emperor Babur hunting rhino in the Punjab plains
* It features on the Rs 10 note along with tiger and elephant
* The rhino is Assam's state animal More....