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…

Big Milestones for Sumatran Rhinos

The Sumatran rhino is the world’s most endangered rhino, with fewer than 100 individuals remaining only in Indonesia’s dense rainforests. Poaching for horn for traditional Asian medicine caused the initial decline of the species. Today, the populations are primarily threatened by small population effects such as inbreeding, human encroachment, the potential for catastrophic events, and…

RPUs Detect Illegal Logging while on Patrol in Way Kambas National Park

(reported by WKNP RPU Arief F., summarized by Muhammad Hanif) This fall, the Rhino Protection Units working in Way Kambas National Park have been focusing on a particular area where they suspect an increase in illegal activity – specifically illegal logging.  The RPUs discovered an active illegal logging area in August, which included a moat/trench (used…

Democracy in Action – Rhino Protection Units in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park

By Muhammad Hanif, IRF Indonesia Liaison In Indonesia, we have a traditional decision-making custom called musyawarah‐mufakat. Musyawarah and mufakat (deliberation and consensus). This method is used throughout Indonesia, not just in the rural areas, but also even in our parliament. The Rhino Protection Units in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park recently employed musyawarah-mufakat to help…