Sex and the Sumatran Rhino

Susie Ellis, PhD Executive Director, International Rhino Foundation Despite the innate drive to reproduce, some rhinoceros species are notoriously difficult to breed. Recent research published in Mammal Review takes stock of assisted reproductive techniques that have been used for rhinoceros species, noting that assisted reproductive technologies, once they are reliable, may play a vital role in…

#RallyForRangers – Rhino Protection Units in Sumatra, Indonesia

Rhino Protection Units in Sumatra, Indonesia With more than 267 million people, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country. It is also home to the Critically Endangered Sumatran rhino – a species so rare, with fewer than 80 individuals left, that only a handful of people have ever seen one in the wild. The…

Harry the Rhino’s New Expanded Home: Moving Day at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary

The expansion of the IRF-funded Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Indonesia is well underway. Once complete, it will include: A semi-wild facility with twice the rhino-holding capacity Quarantine facilities for incoming rhinos from the wild Maternity and ambassador animal enclosures Education center and nature trail for visitors Updated research laboratory and staff facilities Additional staff…

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…

#MeetUsMonday: Dr. Zulfi Arsan, Sumatran Rhino Veteriarian

In our newest installment of #MeetUsMonday, we’re introducing you the Head Veterinarian at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, Dr. Zulfi Arsan! Why did you choose a career in veterinary sciences? I grew up with many animals in my home: cats, dogs, chickens and many more, I even had a pet heron. About 30 years ago, when…