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…

Help Fill a Ranger’s Backpack

You can support this month’s rhino champions – our Rhino Protection Units – by helping us buy the equipment that each ranger must carry on patrol, including a sleeping bag, tarp, raincoat, boots, cooking tools, mosquito net, machete and more. A full ranger kit costs $300, but a contribution of any amount will make a…

“Bowler’s Alley” Turns 10 Years Old

AAZK’s Bowling for Rhinos program helps carbon offset through tree planting project By: Inov Sectionov (International Rhino Foundation Indonesia Program Coordinator) Established in 1967, the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) has always known its conservation-minded membership wanted to do more to save the wild counterparts of the animals they care for every day. The…

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…

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…