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…

RPUs Catch Forest Encroachers at Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park

Reported by Heri Pasiman, Summarized by Hanif Muhammad An integral part of our work in Sumatra is gatehring intelligence to assist detection and prevention of illegal activity in the park. The Intelligence and Law Enforcement Unit (ILEU) supports the Rhino Protection Units (RPUs) collect critical information from local communities about illegal activity in the area…

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…

Tales from the Field: Rhino Protection Units in Training

The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) supports 16 Rhino Protection Units (RPUs) in three Indonesian national parks. Bukit Barisan Selatan and Way Kambas National Parks contain approximately two-thirds of the world’s remaining Sumatran rhinos, while Ujung Kulon National Park is the final stronghold for the critically endangered Javan rhino.  Specially-trained four-man teams spend at least 15…

“Bowling for Badak” Indonesia Tour: Rhino Protection Units

By Bill Konstant, IRF Program Oficer Together, the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) and the Rhino Foundation of Indonesia (Yayasan Badak Indonesia or YABI) manage 16 Rhino Protection Units (RPUs) in three national parks: Bukit Barisan Selatan (7), Way Kambas (5) and Ujung Kulon (4).  Rhino Protection Units (RPUs) are highly trained four-man anti-poaching teams that…

Sumatran Rhino Semen Collection

Sectionov, Indonesia Liaison International Rhino Foundation Over the last decade, Sumatran rhino numbers appear to have declined by as much as 50%. Experts now estimate that a wild population of 100 animals or less remains on Sumatra and Borneo.  In response to the crisis situation, a ground-breaking agreement to save this critically endangered species was…