Marine Rhino Protection Unit Now Patrols the Waters Around Ujung Kulon National Park

The Marine Protection Unit launched in January, patrolling the waters around Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP) in Java, Indonesia, home to the last remaining population of Javan rhinos. UKNP staff have estimated that around 50% of people committing illegal activities in the park are now entering from the coast, pulling up on the same beaches... Continue Reading →

Javan Rhino Increases to 72 in Latest Count

Ujung Kulon National Park has the only population of Javan rhinos in the world. A rare camera trap photo of a mother and her young calf, 2015. Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry has announced that the world’s only remaining population of Javan rhinos has increased to 72 individuals in Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP).... Continue Reading →

Tried and True Methods – Collaboration

Conservation is collaborative. There is more work to do to save rhinos than one person or organization can ever accomplish in a lifetime. We know how to recover the species – but it can’t be accomplished alone. Over the course of our our organization’s history, we have supported and managed rhino conservation projects in Africa... Continue Reading →

Rhino Protection Units in Indonesia Celebrate their 23rd Anniversary

by Sectionov, IRF Indonesia Coordinator Twenty-three years ago today, Rhino Protection Units (RPUs) began protecting Indonesia’s two most critically endangered species – Sumatran and Javan rhinos. Funded by the International Rhino Foundation, RPUs are part of a long running partnership with Yayasan Badak Indonesia (YABI). Due to the incredible success of having RPUs in the... Continue Reading →

What A Rhino Ranger Carries With Them on Patrol

Javan and Sumatran rhinos are two of the most endangered species on the planet. Without the continuous protection provided by tireless ranger teams (called “Rhino Protection Units”), both species would likely already be extinct. Rhino Protection Units spent at least 15 days per month on patrol in the dense jungles of Sumatra and Java, monitoring... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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