 The Indian Rhino Vision 2020 (IRV2020) program has come to a close with the recent translocation of two rhinos to Manas National Park in Assam.

About Indian Rhino Vision 2020
 India launched Indian Rhino Vision (IRV) 2020 programme to protect and increase the population of the one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)
 This ambitious project, called the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 (IRV 2020), was launched in 2005 in response to the declining population of rhinos in Assam.
 IRV 2020 is a partnership among the Government of Assam, the International Rhino Foundation, the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Bodoland Territorial Council, and the U.S. Fish & World Wildlife foundation.

Greater One-Horned Rhino
 There are three species of rhino in Asia — Greater one-horned (Rhinoceros unicornis), Javan and Sumatran.
 Successful conservation efforts have led to an increase in the number of Greater One-horned or Indian rhinos (around 3,700) and its IUCN status has improved from endangered to vulnerable.
 In India, rhinos are mainly found in Kaziranga NP, Pobitora WLS, Orang NP, Manas NP in Assam, Jaldapara NP
and Gorumara NP in West Bengal and Dudhwa TR in Uttar Pradesh.
 Recently Sumatran rhinoceros has become extinct in Malaysia, after the death of the last rhino in the country.
 It is the smallest of all rhino species.
 Indian Rhino Vision 2020 was an ambitious effort to attain a wild population of at least 3,000 greater one-horned rhinos spread over seven protected areas in the Indian state of Assam by the year 2020.
 Seven protected areas are Kaziranga, Pobitora, Orang National Park, Manas National Park, Laokhowa wildlife sanctuary, Burachapori wildlife sanctuary and Dibru Saikhowa wildlife sanctuary.
 Wild-to-wild translocations were an essential part of IRV2020 – moving rhinos from densely populated parks like Kaziranga NP, to ones in need of more rhinos, like Manas NP.

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