Richard Bangs’ Adventures with Purpose: Assam India: Quest for the One-Horned Rhinoceros
Airs Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
Monday, July 20, 2009
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In his latest "Adventures With Purpose" special, renowned adventure travel author, Richard Bangs, treks through the remote state of Assam in India — a region of rushing rivers, strapping monsoons, vast expanses of unspoiled land and a staggering array of wildlife.
In the shadow of the Himalayas and along the misty banks of the Brahmaputra River glides a grey blur that almost became a ghost—the one-horned rhinoceros—a rare species that a hundred-years-ago nearly vanished from the earth.
What kept these rare rhinos from falling into extinction? What does their story reveal about the world and about saving precious wildlife? Richard sets off to discover what this elusive rhino represents to the people of Assam — and to the world.