For years, rhinos have been widely slaughtered for their horn, a prized ingredient in traditional Asian medicines. Destruction of their habitat over the years has brought the rhinos, a species which has evolved from over 50 million years ago, to the brink of extinction. These animals are among the worlds’ most endangered species. Their habitat continues to dwindle fast due to conversion of grassland habitats into agricultural fields and other human pressures. The threat of poaching continues to be ever-present.
The initiative SaveOurPrideThe OneHornedRhino is an initiative of Don Bosco University to create an awareness regarding the urgency of the need to protect the Pride of Assam, the famous one horned rhinoceros, to recognize the efforts of those who have contributed towards the same and to emphasize the relevance of participatory conservation.
Assam Don Bosco University is proud to have Mary Kom as 'Spokesperson' or the initiatve SaveOurPrideTheOneHornedRhino.
Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, also known as MC Mary Kom, Magnificent Mary or simply Mary Kom, is an Indian boxer from the north-eastern state of Manipur. She is a five-time World Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. She is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal. She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women's Ranking Flyweight category.