Groundbreaking Effort to Save Sumatran Rhinos

SUMATRAN RHINOS ARE IN CRISIS In dense, steamy rainforests on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo, Earth’s few remaining Sumatran rhinos are struggling to exist. Barely hanging on in fragmented sub-populations, this rhino is so rare – fewer than 80 survive – that only a handful of people have ever seen one in the…

Rhino Protection Units in Indonesia Celebrate their 23rd Anniversary

by Sectionov, IRF Indonesia Coordinator Twenty-three years ago today, Rhino Protection Units (RPUs) began protecting Indonesia’s two most critically endangered species – Sumatran and Javan rhinos. Funded by the International Rhino Foundation, RPUs are part of a long running partnership with Yayasan Badak Indonesia (YABI). Due to the incredible success of having RPUs in the…

#MeetUsMonday: Dr. Zulfi Arsan, Sumatran Rhino Veteriarian

In our newest installment of #MeetUsMonday, we’re introducing you the Head Veterinarian at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, Dr. Zulfi Arsan! Why did you choose a career in veterinary sciences? I grew up with many animals in my home: cats, dogs, chickens and many more, I even had a pet heron. About 30 years ago, when…

June Rhino Champions: Rhino Protection Units

Our featured Rhino Champions for June are the Rhino Protection Units who patrol the forests of Indonesia to protect Sumatran and Javan rhinos. Javan Rhinos Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP) is Indonesia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest remaining tract of lowland tropical forest on the island of Java, and home to the world’s…

Help Fill a Ranger’s Backpack

You can support this month’s rhino champions – our Rhino Protection Units – by helping us buy the equipment that each ranger must carry on patrol, including a sleeping bag, tarp, raincoat, boots, cooking tools, mosquito net, machete and more. A full ranger kit costs $300, but a contribution of any amount will make a…