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Indonesian Rhino Initiative

Where Indonesian people, nature and wildlife especially Rhino lives in harmony

Congratulations to The Winner of Whitley Award 2024

On May 1, 2024, the Whitley Awards announced six outstanding winners for local conservation efforts. Purnima Devi Barman from Assam, India, won the Whitley Gold Award for her efforts to protect the Greater Adjutant Stork. Other winners include Leroy Ignacio of Guyana, Naomi Longa from Papua New Guinea, Kuenzang Dorji from Bhutan, Aristide Kamla from … Congratulations to The Winner...

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Restoring Rainforests for Sumatran Rhinos : Our Little Step to Support Way Kambas National Park

The Indonesian Rhino Initiative (IRI) supports the Way Kambas National Park in restoring Sumatran rhino habitat in three locations around the Way Kambas National Park area by involving local communities whose activities are funded by IRF. Way Kambas National Park (WKNP) in Indonesia is home to endangered Sumatran elephants, tigers, and rhinos. This restoration program … Restoring Rainforests for Sumatran...

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Indonesian Rhino Initiative (IRI) Holds An Innovative Program that Turns Rhino Food Into Art

An important step has been taken by the Indonesian Rhino Initiative (IRI) in maintaining environmental sustainability around the Way Kambas National Park. By launching the ecoprinting program, we are not only targeting the protection of endangered animals such as rhinos, but also paying attention to the welfare of local communities. Ecoprinting is a creative art … Indonesian Rhino Initiative (IRI)...

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The Indonesian Rhino Initiative (IRI) has been Selected as One Of The Finalists Whitley Gold Award 2024 !

prestigious environmental award event, Whitley Gold Award 2024. This announcement emphasizes IRI’s dedication and ongoing efforts in preserving rhino species and developing communities around rhino areas in Indonesia. The Whitley Gold Award is known as one of the world’s most prestigious environmental awards, recognizing individuals or organizations who have made an outstanding contribution to protecting … The Indonesian Rhino Initiative...

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Indonesian Rhino Initiative​​

Why Indonesian Rhino?


Sumatran and Javan Rhino

Sumatran and Javan Rhino, two of five species of rhino in the World, are in Indonesia.


Critically Endangered

As defined by the IUCN (World Conservation Union), Sumatran and Javan Rhino are “Critically Endangered”


Only very small number

These rhinos now survive in only very small and highly fragmented populations in Indonesia.

Indonesian Rhino Initiative​​

Why Rhino?

Rhinos have been around for 40 million years

Rhinos have been an important part of a wide range of ecosystems for millions of years; we must not let them in extinction.

Humans have caused the drastic decline in numbers

Poachers kill rhinos for the price they can get for the horns (used for traditional Chinese medicine, for high-status gifts in Vietnam and for quack cures invented by criminal syndicates to drive up demand); land encroachment, illegal logging and pollution are destroying their habitat; and political conflicts adversely affect conservation programmes.

Rhinos are an umbrella species

When protecting and managing a rhino population, rangers and scientists take in account all the other species interacting with rhinos and those sharing the same habitat. When rhinos are protected, many other species are too; not only mammals but also birds, reptiles, fish and insects as well as plants.

Rhinos are charismatic mega-herbivores!

By focusing on a well-known animal such as a rhino (or, to use the jargon, a charismatic mega-herbivore), we can raise more money and consequently support more conservation programmes benefiting animal and plant species sharing their habitat.

In situ conservation programmes need our help

Protecting and managing a rhino population is a real challenge that costs energy and money. Rhino-range countries need our financial support, and benefit from shared expertise and exchange of ideas.

Money funds effective conservation programmes that save rhinos

We know that conservation efforts save species. With more money, we can support more programmes, and not just save rhino populations, but increase numbers and develop populations.

Many people don’t know that rhinos are critically endangered

If people do not know about these amazing animals and the problems they are facing, how can we expect them to do something to help save rhinos?

We all have an opportunity to get involved!

You can help us raise awareness of the plight of the rhino! The more we do all together, the more people will learn about rhinos and the more field projects we will be able to support.

Indonesian Rhino Initiative​​

About Us

Our Vision

Where Indonesian people, nature and wildlife especially Rhino lives in harmony.

Our Mission

Do initiative to protect Indonesian rhinos, their habitats and biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources

Our Objectives

To ensure that local communities understand the benefits of conservation and sustainable natural resource management  and develop opportunities for those communities to benefit from conservation that have impact  for Indonesian rhinos, their habitats and biodiversity.

Our Logo

Two footprint of rhino describe two species of Indonesian rhino, Sumatran and Javan Rhino.

The red color in the words “Indonesian Rhino” symbolizes strength and enthusiasm in working to save and protect rhinos, which in turn will have an impact on the increase in the Indonesian Rhino population.

The white color in the word “Initiative” symbolizes that the work is carried out with a pure and sincere intention to achieve our vision and mission.

The gray color on the rhino footprint illustrates our seriousness and responsibility at work. Because even the smallest positive steps taken will be very valuable for the conservation of Indonesian rhinos.

In the end, our logo represents self-confidence and optimism that every positive step and action for the conservation of the Indonesian Rhino will get support from all parties involved. Because without support from the government, the community, other NGOs and donors, it is impossible to achieve the goal of rhino conservation.

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Our Team

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Gentur Priyo Wicaksono

Board of Supervisor


Muhammad Hanif

Executive Director

Dewi Rahmi Aziz

Finance Manager

Based on our passion in community development and conservation, we create an organization to help Sumatran and Javan rhino conservation from extinction with some initiatives through the organization that we call the
Indonesian Rhino Initiative.

Our Initiative

Our initiative is only the small steps for the conservation of Indonesian rhinos, their habitats and biodiversity. But we believe, by a series of small step in the right direction together we can reach a distant goal.

We will take part in three thrust Area:

  1. Education and Conservation Awareness,
  2. Community and Livelihood,
  3. Rhino Habitat Restoration.

Our Programme

We encourage local people surrounding the habitat of Sumatran and Javan Rhino. Ensuring that local communities understand the benefits of conservation and sustainable natural resource management, and developing opportunities for those communities to benefit from conservation through the development of livelihood programmes.

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