Kingpin and mastermind of the Songimvelo Gang is allegedly responsible for the deaths and woundings of at least 15 rhinos in Mpumalanga and three in Swaziland, including orphaned calves.

Portrait of a Rhino Poacher, Part I

As the International Rhino Foundation re-launches Operation: STOP POACHING NOW, we have carefully considered how to tell the story of the unspeakable fate met daily by poached rhinos. While we don’t usually show graphic content, we believe that you as our supporter deserve to see, once in a while, what and whom we’re up against.…

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They need your protection now more than ever.

We didn’t think rhino poaching could get much worse. But it has. Halfway through 2014, poachers are killing at least three African rhinos every day. More than 500 rhinos have been poached in South Africa alone; almost halfway to the 1,004 killed in 2013. We fear it will get worse before it gets better. That’s…


Environmentalists Call for Trade Sanctions Against Mozambique for Rhino and Elephant Poaching

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 2, 2014 Contact: Maggie Dewane, Press Officer, EIA, 202-483-6621, Susie Ellis, Executive Director, IRF, 540-660-4152, ENVIRONMENTALISTS CALL FOR TRADE SANCTIONS AGAINST MOZAMBIQUE FOR RHINO AND ELEPHANT POACHING WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) announced they are petitioning the Obama Administration…

A boat takes tour members from Handeleum Island to a point on the Ujung Kulon peninsula from which the search for Javan rhinos begins.

Searching for Javan Rhinos

Bowling for Rhinos tour participants recently spent two days in hiking and canoeing in Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park, searching for the elusive and critically endangered Javan rhino. Although they did not directly sight any rhinos, led by IRF-supported Rhino Protection Units, they encountered telltale signs of recent rhino feeding and the large unmistakable footprint.

Bowling for Rhinos tour members with Rhino Protection Unit (RPU) teams at Camp Rhino in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia

Bowling for Rhinos Visits Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park

The 2014 Bowling for Rhinos Indonesia tour recently visited Indonesia’s Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, home to one of Sumatra’s three remaining wild rhino populations. During a brief stay, tour members visited a nearby government training facility, where Asian elephants are trained to assist authorities in mitigating human-wildlife conflicts, which is one of the responsibilities…

Cultivated food items are prepared by removing skins that could contain pesticide residue.

Behind-the-Scenes: Daily Routine at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary

Five rhinos currently reside at the 250-acre Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, located in Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park. Each animal is assigned a team of keepers who cares for its daily needs. The keepers arrive on bike at a large natural forest enclosure each morning, carrying backpacks filled with fruits and vegetables. They also carry a…