Sex and the Sumatran Rhino

Susie Ellis, PhD Executive Director, International Rhino Foundation Despite the innate drive to reproduce, some rhinoceros species are notoriously difficult to breed. Recent research published in Mammal Review takes stock of assisted reproductive techniques that have been used for rhinoceros species, noting that assisted reproductive technologies, once they are reliable, may play a vital role in…

#RallyForRangers – Rhino Protection Units in Sumatra, Indonesia

Rhino Protection Units in Sumatra, Indonesia With more than 267 million people, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country. It is also home to the Critically Endangered Sumatran rhino – a species so rare, with fewer than 80 individuals left, that only a handful of people have ever seen one in the wild. The…

Rhino Protection Units in Indonesia Celebrate their 23rd Anniversary

by Sectionov, IRF Indonesia Coordinator Twenty-three years ago today, Rhino Protection Units (RPUs) began protecting Indonesia’s two most critically endangered species – Sumatran and Javan rhinos. Funded by the International Rhino Foundation, RPUs are part of a long running partnership with Yayasan Badak Indonesia (YABI). Due to the incredible success of having RPUs in the…

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 world’s…

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…