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…


RPU Training in Indonesia

Last week, Indonesia’s Rhino Protection Units gathered for a refresher course on Handeleum Island in Ujung Kulon National Park. The two-day refresher included training and team building for the RPUs from Way Kambas, Bukit Barisan Selatan and Ujung Kulon National Park. The RPUs had a great time making new friends and learning new skills. Check…

A boat takes tour members from Handeleum Island to a point on the Ujung Kulon peninsula from which the search for Javan rhinos begins.

Searching for Javan Rhinos

Bowling for Rhinos tour participants recently spent two days in hiking and canoeing in Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park, searching for the elusive and critically endangered Javan rhino. Although they did not directly sight any rhinos, led by IRF-supported Rhino Protection Units, they encountered telltale signs of recent rhino feeding and the large unmistakable footprint.

The Javan Rhino’s Final Stronghold

By Bill Konstant, IRF Program Officer August 27, 1883.  It’s been called “the day the world exploded.”  One hundred and thirty years ago this month, the volcanic island of Krakatau (Krakatoa) blew its top.  The smoking mountain had given several days warning to the human inhabitants of Java and Sumatra, the closest large islands, but…