Save the Rhino International Inc

Asian Programs

We support programs in India and Indonesia. This page contains information about each of these programs and what they are doing to help conserve rhinos.

Click here for more information about all our Asian Programs from our sister organisation, Save the Rhino International.

Indian Rhino Vision 2020, India

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Significant poaching has recently eradicated the rhinos from three Assamese reserves (Manas, Laokhowa and Burhachpori), and the population in another (Orang) has declined from about 100 to fewer than 40 individuals, which are still in peril. Currently, the majority of the greater one-horned rhino population is concentrated in Kaziranga National Park, and this exposes the species to risk of calamaties such as epidemics, floods and massive poaching attempts.

Indian Rhino Vision 2020 aims to increase the total greater one-horned rhino population in Assam from 2,000 to 3,000 by the year 2020 and, just as significantly, to ensure these rhinos are distributed over at least seven Protected Areas to provide long term viability. This will be achieved through improved security in rhino areas and by translocating rhinos from source populations to areas where they are now locally extinct.

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Rhino Protection Unit Program, Indonesia

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The Rhino Protection Unit program was initiated by local and international organisations in response to the catastrophic decline in Sumatran rhino numbers. In partnership with the Indonesian Rhino Conservation Programme and the International Rhino Foundation, the program is intended to strengthen the protection and management of the National Parks, by working in close cooperation with the Ministry of Forestry. It provides the backbone to Sumatran rhino conservation and works in an area with a population of 100 Sumatran and 50 Javan rhinos.

The program has been very successful and has been recognised by both the Government of Indonesia and the global conservation community as one of the most effective and successful conservation programs for megafaunal species in SE Asia, and indeed the world.

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Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, Indonesia

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In recognition of the difficulty of protecting wild populations of Sumatran rhino, in 1984 the IUCN/SSC Asian Rhino Specialist Group recommended that a captive breeding program be developed, thus establishing a dual approach to conserving the species. The wild population is being protected by the Rhino Protection Unit program (see above), and the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) is running a breeding program within a semi-natural environment in Way Kambas National Park.

History was made at the SRS in June 2012 when the first Sumatran rhino calf was born in captivity in Indonesia. The male calf (pictured left) is named Andatu, which means "Gift from God" in Bahasa, and has been growing up strong and healthy.

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Javan Rhino Study and Conservation Area, Indonesia

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Indonesia's remote Ujung Kulon National Park holds the only viable population of Javan rhino left on the planet. For the past 16 years, Rhino Protection Units (see above) have kept the population safe from poaching, but protection alone is not enough to save this species from extinction. The population needs to be spread out, with a second viable population established elsewhere in Indonsesia.

Over the past year, the International Rhino Foundation, through its implementing partner Yayasan Badek Indonesia and supported by SRI Inc, the Asian Rhino Project, WWF and other donors, has been working to expand the useable habitat for Javan rhinos by creating the 4,000 hectare Javan Rhino Study and Conservation Area. This is being done through the construction small bridges, an electric fence, eradicating invasive species, planting rhino food vegetation, providing a water supply and salt lick, and constructing additional guard posts.

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