Rewilding Rhinos for a Healthy Planet
There are five species of rhinos that live in Africa and Asia: the White Rhino, Black Rhino, Greater One-horned (or Indian) Rhino, Sumatran Rhino and Javan (or Lesser One-horned) Rhino. Though they are spread out across two continents, all rhinos face similar threats: poaching and habitat destruction.
Re:wild, with government and local partners, is focused most heavily on saving and protecting the two species native to Indonesia: the Sumatran Rhino and Javan Rhino. Both species are depending on intensive conservation efforts for their survival. There are fewer than 80 Sumatran Rhinos in Sumatra and Borneo, and approximately 74 Javan Rhinos.
There are only 74 Javan Rhinos left on the planet, all living in just one site: Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park. They are threatened by poaching, disease, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. Re:wild—along with our partners, led by the Government of Indonesia—have a plan to increase the population to at least 80 individuals in at least two sites by 2025.
With fewer than 80 Sumatran Rhinos left in the world, restoring their population is of utmost importance to securing a future for this species. Re:wild is a part of the Sumatran Rhino Survival Alliance, a groundbreaking partnership working under the strategic direction of the government of Indonesia focusing on relocating rhinos to establish a national conservation breeding program. Re:wild is also supporting government and partner efforts to save the last two wild populations of breeding Sumatran Rhinos.
Top photo: A Sumatran Rhino, one of two rhino species found in Indonesia. (Barney Long/Re:wild)