Nibung wood waiting in the moat for transport down river.

RPUs Detect Illegal Logging while on Patrol in Way Kambas National Park

(reported by WKNP RPU Arief F., summarized by Muhammad Hanif) This fall, the Rhino Protection Units working in Way Kambas National Park have been focusing on a particular area where they suspect an increase in illegal activity – specifically illegal logging.  The RPUs discovered an active illegal logging area in August, which included a moat/trench (used…

RPUs listening carefully during Marsum’s presentation

Democracy in Action – Rhino Protection Units in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park

By Muhammad Hanif, IRF Indonesia Liaison In Indonesia, we have a traditional decision-making custom called musyawarah‐mufakat. Musyawarah and mufakat (deliberation and consensus). This method is used throughout Indonesia, not just in the rural areas, but also even in our parliament. The Rhino Protection Units in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park recently employed musyawarah-mufakat to help…

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CITES and Rhinos: Outcomes of CoP17

In heated discussions last week at the CITES Conference of the Parties (COP17) in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Parties (182 countries and the European Union), overwhelmingly rejected the proposal by Swaziland to “allow limited and regulated trade in white rhino horn collected from natural deaths, recovered from poached Swazi horn, and harvested from live white…

Group photo at Cilintang Post Guard

YABI Celebrates World Rhino Day 2016 at Ujung Kulon National Park

Written by Hanif Muhammad, IRF Indonesia Liaison On September 22, 2016, Yayasan Badak Indonesia (YABI or the Rhino Foundation of Indonesia) celebrated World Rhino Day at the home of the last remaining population of Javan rhinos on Earth – Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP). The celebration was held just outside of the park, in Taman…

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CITES and the Rhino Horn Trade

IRF believes that the rhino horn trade should not be legalized until there are convincing data indicating that legalization will enhance wild rhino conservation efforts. Heated discussions in the international conservation community are percolating about the legalization of trade in rhino horn, as well as trade affecting the conservation of other wildlife and plant species.…