Rhino Protection Units Catche Illegal Loggers at Way Kambas National Park

As reported by the Way Kambas Rhino Protection Unit Based on tips by local villagers that live in the surrounding areas of Way Kambas National Park (WKNP), a group of Nibung wood (Oncosperma tigillarium) loggers inside of Way Kambas National Park. In response to this information, National Park authorities assembled a team consisting of Park Rangers…

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…

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…

Spotlight on RPUs: Sambar Poaching in Way Kambas National Park, Indonesia

Earlier this month, a Rhino Protection Unit (RPU) in Way Kambas National Park successfully arrested two groups of poachers.  The poachers were identified in September, at which point the RPUs began to collect information about their activities, including how well-armed they were, and when and where they were most likely to enter the forest.  These…

This month, in honor of the dedicated fathers and men among us, we are featuring stories of the hard-working members of the Rhino Protection Units in Bukit Barisan Selatan, Ujong Kulon and Way Kambas National Parks. Meet Aris:

Me, Rhinos and My Family By Aris Hendriyanto RPU Way Kambas National Park My name is Aris Hendriyanto.  I have been working as an RPU member since 2005.  Compared with other members of the RPU I am still junior.  Most of them have been with the RPU since 1998 or 2000.  I am still learning…