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…

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Deep in the jungle of Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia, a team of park rangers and IRF-funded Rhino Protection Units searched the forest and apprehended nine illegal loggers operating in the park, destroying precious habitat for rhinos, tigers, elephants, and tapirs. Meanwhile, half a world away, in Zimbabwe’s Lowveld region, another IRF-funded team…

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…