Indian Rhinos live in grasslands and wetlands and usually graze on plants, with occasional fruits and seeds.
Rhinos contribute to the biodiversity because when they eat seeds, they distribute them after they’ve been digested and are disposed of, increasing the land in which trees grow.
Almost all Indian Rhinos have been moved into protected areas, such as national parks. Where the rhinos are located, there is a significant amount of security so there are no opportunities for poaching, the habitat is stable, and the rhinos can mate to increase population.
We are fortunate that conservation efforts were taken when they were to protect the Indian Rhino population. Indian Rhinos have transitioned from endangered to vulnerable, and hopefully will never be endangered again.
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