Sumatran Rhino in Way Kambas

The Covid-19 pandemic is putting rhinos in real jeopardy. Our rhino conservation partners have been heavily impacted by the global lockdown and they need urgent support to carry on their vital work. You can keep rhinos safe, wherever they are, during Covid-19.

Each month, our appeal will focus on a new rhino programme to support.

This month we are focussing on Indonesia – please help us to support the Rhino Protection Units as they that patrol the protected areas where Javan and Sumatran rhinos live.

50% of appeal donations in July will go directly to RPU teams in Indonesia. 50% will go towards a general fund, helping us to respond quickly to urgent rhino conservation needs in other programmes. Find out about the impact of your money.

Why Rhino Protection Units need your help during Covid-19

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 Rhino Protection Units (RPUs) have continued their 7 to 10-day patrols across rich Indonesian rainforests, protecting Critically Endangered Javan and Sumatran rhinos. New protocols have been put into place to keep all team members and their communities as safe as possible; everyone is wearing a face mask, social distancing, and undergoing regular health assessments before work. Thankfully, such protocols have ensured that Units can keep protecting rhinos during an unprecedented time. However, as the world has shifted to adapt to Covid-19, future funding for RPUs hangs in the balance.

The Units are primarily funded by the generous support of a number of international groups (government, zoo and foundation) and individual donors. Following the economic impact of the pandemic, the RPU programme now faces a significant shortfall of around 30% to pay for usual running costs. Without this funding, everyday costs are becoming more difficult to pay for, and funding for things like Officer salaries, kits and patrol fuel, is needed.

As the world begins to ease out of lockdown, the risk of poaching and habitat destruction could increase. We need Rhino Protection Units to continue their important work more than ever before.
Nina Fascione, IRF

Sumatran and Javan rhinos are two of the most endangered species on the planet. Their survival depends on the round-the-clock protection provided by Rhino Protection Units, dedicated teams of rangers who patrol forests, apprehend poachers and stop encroachment into protected areas. The pandemic and resulting economic crisis have led to a serious reduction in funding. Now more than ever, RPUs need your help to continue their critical mission - ensuring the survival of Sumatran and Javan rhinos.

Nina Fascione, Executive Director, International Rhino Foundation

With your donation, we can make sure that Rhino Protection Units have the equipment and funding they need to continue during and after Covid-19. If you can, please donate to support Indonesia’s Rhino Protection Units today.

Thank you.