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…

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…

Meet the RPU Team Guarding Ratu and Protecting Sumatran Rhinos

Written by Hanif Muhammad – IRF Indonesia Liaison  The Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) veterinarians weren’t the only ones preparing for Ratu’s second birth. A Rhino Protection Unit (RPU), usually working inside Way Kambas National Park, was stationed at the SRS to provide an extra layer of protection to the resident rhinos. The RPU began their special…

Because of You…This Man Doesn’t Need to Poach to Feed his Family

Sorhim. Like many Indonesians, he has only one name. Sorhim has protected Javan rhinos since 1999. He grew up next to Ujung Kulon National Park — and he wasn’t always a conservationist. When was young, Sorhim farmed with his family near the park and spent every spare minute exploring Ujung Kulon’s dense rain forest. He…