• Mr. Franck Viault (Head of Cooperation), Ms. Marja Daffern (Deputy Head of Finance, Contracts and Audit) and Mr. Giovanni Serritella (Programme Manager for Environment, Climate change and FLEGT-VPA) of the EU Delegation to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN visited the base camp of the Elephant Patrol Unit (EPU), which is managed  and operated by LIF, at Aras Napal on Thursday, 16 April 2015. More

  • Seven of the world's rarest rhinoceroses have been found in a national park in Indonesia. This is the first time the creatures have been seen in 26 years. Deforestation is still pushing the Sumatran toward extinction.

    Hidden cameras buried deep in an Indonesian national park have snapped images of seven critically endangered Sumatran rhinos. The rhinos haven't been seen in more than a quarter of a century and conservationists had feared the Sumatran was extinct. But, six females and one male rhino are now known to live in the Mount Leuser National Park, which is on the northern tip of Sumatra. More

  • The Leuser Management Unit (LMU), while implementing the Leuser Development Programme (funded jointly by the EU and GoI), officially launched the Elephant Patrol Unit (EPU) in Aras Napal on 9 May 2000 and this was the first of its kind in Indonesia. More

  • The Conservation Response Unit (CRU) will mitigate human-elephant conflicts. This Unit has four trained elephants under the supervision of a mahout provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA). The project will support the initial cost for the infrastructure development of the CRU and also support its operational costs until 2016. The elephants will be supported and the local community will participate in monitoring wildlife conflicts and illegal forestry activities. More

  • Dr. Jamal Gawi, MES, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Leuser International Foundation, participated in a discussion on Tigers (Wildlife Protection Series) at @america Pacific Place in Jakarta on Wednesday, 1 October 2014. More



As part of a cooperation program between GLNP and LIF, 20 staff members of the Tapaktuan (Region 1) Gunung Leuser National Park Office in South Aceh participated in a training on Sumatran rhino and other wildlife sign detection and basic land navigation skills, held in Tapaktuan on 10 November 2014.

The training on rhino and other wildlife sign detection was led by Tarmizi, LIF Team Leader of the Sumatran Rhino Survey in GLNP and the Leuser Ecosystem, while that on land navigation skills was led by Eka Ramadiyanta, Co-ordinator of the LIF Rhino Survey Team.

Earlier a similar training program had been conducted for the staff of the Kutacane (Region 2, Southeast Aceh) GLNP office.  25 field staff participated in this training.

Leuser International Foundation would like to thank US Fish and Wildlife Service for their invaluable support  and contribution to the training program.

In future, there will also be a similar training for Stabat GLNP staff (Region 3, Langkat in North Sumatra) so that GLNP staff in all regions will benefit from this program.

Participants of the training in Tapaktuan and their instructors from LIF


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