Marine Rhino Protection Unit Now Patrols the Waters Around Ujung Kulon National Park

The Marine Protection Unit launched in January, patrolling the waters around Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP) in Java, Indonesia, home to the last remaining population of Javan rhinos. UKNP staff have estimated that around 50% of people committing illegal activities in the park are now entering from the coast, pulling up on the same beaches... Continue Reading →

Javan Rhino Increases to 72 in Latest Count

Ujung Kulon National Park has the only population of Javan rhinos in the world. A rare camera trap photo of a mother and her young calf, 2015. Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry has announced that the world’s only remaining population of Javan rhinos has increased to 72 individuals in Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP).... Continue Reading →

Indonesia Tsunami Response: Update from the Field

UPDATE FROM UJUNG KULON NATIONAL PARK Communities around Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP), home to the only surviving population of the Critically Endangered Javan rhino, are slowly trying to rebuild their lives after a devastating tsunami hit the west coast of Java in Indonesia on December 22, 2018. Triggered by an underwater landslide set off... Continue Reading →

Tsunami update from Indonesia

Dear IRF family, Yesterday, word came in from Indonesia that there had been a tsunami in the Sunda Straights, the sea between Java and Sumatra. We very much appreciate the emails and Facebook messages from those of you who are worried about the YABI teams. We are very relieved to report that all RPUs and... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Helping the Javan Rhino Population to Grow

Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia is home to the only surviving population of the Critically Endangered Javan rhino left on earth. A decade ago, scientists determined that only about 60 animals could live in the park because available rhino habitat was limited by human encroachment and an invasive palm that was blocking the growth... Continue Reading →

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