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…

Big Milestones for Sumatran Rhinos

The Sumatran rhino is the world’s most endangered rhino, with fewer than 100 individuals remaining only in Indonesia’s dense rainforests. Poaching for horn for traditional Asian medicine caused the initial decline of the species. Today, the populations are primarily threatened by small population effects such as inbreeding, human encroachment, the potential for catastrophic events, and…

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…

Happy 4th Birthday, Andatu!

On this day, four years ago, rhino conservationists and veterinarians at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park, on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, were celebrating the arrival of the first ever rhino calf born in captivity in Indonesia. His birth was the historical culmination of robust international cooperation. His father, Andalas,…