IUCN Asian Rhino Specialist Group

The Asian Rhino Specialist Group (AsRSG) is one of the 100+ Specialist Groups in the Species Survival Commission of IUCN – The World Conservation Union. Its mission is to promote the conservation of the three endangered rhino species in Asia – the Javan, Sumatran, and Greater One-horned rhinos. The AsRSG holds regular meetings to review the status of rhino populations in Asia and to develop recommendations for protecting and conserving priority populations. It has also developed an Asian Rhino Conservation Plan for range countries.


Important rhino conservation documents produced by the AsRSG can be downloaded below.


African and Asian Rhinoceroses – Status, Conservation and Trade

A report from the IUCN Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC) African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups and TRAFFIC to the CITES Secretariat pursuant to Resolution Conf. 9.14 (Rev. CoP15)

Joint Rhino Report for the Sixteenth Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna Conference of the Parties (2013)

Report on the status and trends in rhinos and trade issues worldwide for 14th CITES Conference of the Parties (2007)


World Conservation Congress

International Union for the Conservation of Nature formal resolution on the conservation of rhinoceros species in Africa and Asia (2012)



Summary of rhino related discussions and outcomes at CITES CoP15  (2010)


Translocation Guidelines

Guidelines for the In Situ and Translocation of African and Asian Rhinoceros (2009)



Pachyderm, the journal of the African Elephant, African Rhino and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (ongoing)


Action Plans

Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan for Asian Rhino

Contact Information for the Asian Rhino Specialist Group

Dr. Bibhab K. Talukdar

AsRSG Chair
c/o Aaranyak, 50 Samanwoy path (Survey)
Beltola, Guwahati
Assam, India

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