RPUs Catch Forest Encroachers at Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park

Reported by Heri Pasiman, Summarized by Hanif Muhammad An integral part of our work in Sumatra is gatehring intelligence to assist detection and prevention of illegal activity in the park. The Intelligence and Law Enforcement Unit (ILEU) supports the Rhino Protection Units (RPUs) collect critical information from local communities about illegal activity in the area…

The New Rhino Protection Units are Ready for Work in 2017

After a rigorous interview process and intense training, the new RPU teams are ready to start patrolling Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and Way Kambas National Park. The RPUs represent the front line in protection – not only for Sumatran rhinos, but for the numerous other endangered species living in the parks. The RPU teams…

Our New Rhino Heroes Get Ready to Rock & Roll!

Written by Hanif Muhammed, IRF Indonesia Liaison Ever wondered what it takes to become a member of one of Indonesia’s Rhino Protection Units (RPUs)? Just like the job, the interview process is incredibly rigorous! To start, interested individuals fill out an extensive application. Leadership then selects candidates who are then interviewed and invited to participate…

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…

RPU Training in Indonesia

Last week, Indonesia’s Rhino Protection Units gathered for a refresher course on Handeleum Island in Ujung Kulon National Park. The two-day refresher included training and team building for the RPUs from Way Kambas, Bukit Barisan Selatan and Ujung Kulon National Park. The RPUs had a great time making new friends and learning new skills. Check…

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…