Rhino Protection Units in Sumatra stop Illegal Loggers

Several months ago, in Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia, home to one of the world’s only remaining populations of the elusive Sumatran rhino, a group of local villagers contacted the National Park authority with a tip about illegal loggers operating in the park, destroying precious habitat for rhinos, tigers, elephants and tapirs. The…

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…

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…