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…

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…

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,…

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…