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…

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…

Way Kambas National Park Rhino Protection Unit (RPU) Arrest Illegal Agarwood Gatherers

By: M. Rahman (RPU Field Coordinator) and Inov (IRF’s Indonesia Liason) Five teams of four-men, known as Rhino Protection Units (RPUs), patrol the forests of Way Kambas National Park on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. While our main responsibility is to protect the estimated 50 rhinos living in the park, our presence also benefits…

Behind-the-Scenes: Daily Routine at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary

Five rhinos currently reside at the 250-acre Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, located in Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park. Each animal is assigned a team of keepers who cares for its daily needs. The keepers arrive on bike at a large natural forest enclosure each morning, carrying backpacks filled with fruits and vegetables. They also carry a…