A Rhino Protection Unit on an anti-poaching patrol

Tales from the Field: Rhino Protection Units in Training

The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) supports 16 Rhino Protection Units (RPUs) in three Indonesian national parks. Bukit Barisan Selatan and Way Kambas National Parks contain approximately two-thirds of the world’s remaining Sumatran rhinos, while Ujung Kulon National Park is the final stronghold for the critically endangered Javan rhino.  Specially-trained four-man teams spend at least 15…

“Bowling for Badak” Indonesia Tour: Rhino Protection Units

By Bill Konstant, IRF Program Oficer Together, the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) and the Rhino Foundation of Indonesia (Yayasan Badak Indonesia or YABI) manage 16 Rhino Protection Units (RPUs) in three national parks: Bukit Barisan Selatan (7), Way Kambas (5) and Ujung Kulon (4).  Rhino Protection Units (RPUs) are highly trained four-man anti-poaching teams that…

Sumatran Rhino Semen Collection

Sectionov, Indonesia Liaison International Rhino Foundation Over the last decade, Sumatran rhino numbers appear to have declined by as much as 50%. Experts now estimate that a wild population of 100 animals or less remains on Sumatra and Borneo.  In response to the crisis situation, a ground-breaking agreement to save this critically endangered species was…

“R” is for Rhinos: Widodo Ramono

“R” is for Rhinos, and also for …. Widodo Ramono. Few people have dedicated more years to the study and conservation of Asian rhinos than Indonesian biologist Widodo Ramono. Born on April 4, 1945 in the Central Javan city of Blora, Widodo today serves as the executive director of Yayasan Badak Indonesia (YABI), the Rhino…