Mission: The International Rhino Foundation is dedicated to the survival of the world’s rhino species through conservation and research. At the heart of IRF’s vision is the belief that these magnificent species should endure for future generations, and that protecting rhinos ensures the survival of many other species that share their habitat, including people.
Target demographics: Save the world's rhino species through conservation and research
Direct beneficiaries per year: in situ (in nature) programs in Asia and Africa targeted to the rhino species most in need of and most appropriate for intensive protection and management. In our ex situ (in captivity) programs, IRF facilitates management and sponsors research with the ultimate objective of helping captive populations become truly viable and hence an integral part of conservation strategies for rhinos
Geographic areas served: Africa & Asia
Programs: IRF’s current major programs include: 1) Indonesia Rhino Protection Units, anti-poaching patrol units which protect Sumatran and Javan rhinos in the wild; 2) the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, a research and breeding center for Sumatran rhinos in Way Kambas National Park; 3) the Javan Rhino Study and Conservation Area, a program to expand the only viable habitat for Javan rhinos in the world by 4,000 hectares; 4) Indian Rhino Vision 2020, a program aimed at increasing the number of Indian rhinos and spreading the population out over more protected areas; 5) Zimbabwe Lowveld Rhino Conservation Program, which provides management, monitoring and veterinary interventions for black rhinos in Zimbabwe; and 6) Operation Stop Poaching Now, a campaign to provide training and equipment to anti-poaching units in Zimbabwe and South Africa. IRF also supports scientific research, providing grants for work that is directly applicable to management, propagation and conservation of rhinoceros species.
The rhinos are in need of help from around the world. The international rhino foundation allows me to give to a charity located in the USA but uses their resources to help rhinos around the world. We must save these awesome animals!
Of the 5 rhino species, 4 are currently endangered with extinction. IRF is the foremost NPO coordinating conservation efforts to save rhinos, particularly the 3 Asian species. The Sumatran rhino and Javan rhino are among the most critically endangered mammal species on earth and are top priority for IRF.