World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
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Saving the Sumatran Rhino
We are supporting WWF's efforts to protect the last known Sumatran Rhinoceros survivors and ensure that their reproductive potential is maximised.
The Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus Sumatrensis) population was recently discovered in 2013 in East Kalimantan by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), after it was believed to be extinct in Indonesian Borneo. The species is on the knife edge between survival and extinction and categorised by the IUCN Red List as being 'Critically endangered'.
Some of the activities include undertaking emergency rescue of remaining Sumatran rhinos and move them to a temporary Boma facility, and establishing an Intensive Management Zone (IMZ, 5,000 hectares) for Sumatran Rhinos in Kelian Protection Forest in Kutai Barat.
About half-a-dozen of the Rhinos will be translocated from their current habitat patch (vulnerable to being deforested) to a Sumatran Rhino sanctuary (i.e. a 600 hectare fenced area) about 150km away at the Kelian Protection Forest, a former gold mine concession which is now closed and will serve as an Intensive Management Area for the species. Through the use of advanced, artificial reproduction techniques, the reproduction will be boosted in non-reproducing animals.
The sanctuary in Kalimantan will help consolidate small populations that are essential for the species' recovery in future.
To read more on Saving the Sumatran Rhinos, please click here.
The Tesso Nilo Flying Squad
The WWF provides a dedicated team - the Tesso Nilo Flying Squad - to monitor and pre-empt elephant intrusion into community farming land. The initiative prevents human-elephant conflict by relying on domesticated elephants and their rangers to drive back wild elephants into the forest when they stray too close to human habitats.
The other part of the work on helping elephants, involves educating the local community on the vulnerability of these majestic creatures and patrolling to stop wildlife poaching.
We first started working with the Flying Squad in 2006 to support and fund the long term operations of the Flying Squad team.
On 29 August 2014, the Group pledged additional support for the Flying Squad team by providing funding for the next three years, including paying the local community for their effort in maintaining the Flying Squad. The additional funds will be used for maintaining the current project, including facilities for the elephants and salaries for their rangers.
To read more about the Tesso Nilo Flying Squad project, please click here.
About World Wide Fund for Nature
For 50 years, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has been protecting the future of nature.
The world’s leading conservation organisation, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.