Sumatran Rhino Programs Indonesia
The Sumatran Rhino is generally considered the most endangered rhino species (CITES Appendix I). Sumatran rhino numbers have declined more than 70% over the last two decades due to poaching for its horn as well as increasing destruction of its habitat. Fewer than 200 Sumatran rhino survive in very small and highly fragmented populations in Southeast Asia, with Indonesia and Malaysia the only significant range countries. The largest populations of wild rhinos are found in Bukit Barisan Selatan (BBS), Gunung Leuser, and Way Kambas National Parks in Sumatra, Indonesia; there is also a small population in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah, Malaysia.
ARP funding assists our major local partners, the Indonesian Rhino Foundation (YABI) and the International Rhino Foundation to operate a comprehensive program aimed at protecting and increasing the populations of Sumatran rhinos in Indonesia. The multi-faceted approach includes protection of Sumatran rhinos and their habitat (through their Rhino Protection Units), research on and captive breeding of the species at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, and outreach to local communities (including both education programs and alternative income development).
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