Trees for the Sumatran Rhino

Championed by:  Claire Oelrichs, Marie Gale

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$1,660  raised
$28,340 needed

This project has completed

Deadline  31 August 2015

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Trees for the Sumatran Rhino

Claire Oelrichs, Marie Gale


Sumatran Rhino declared extinct in Sabah Borneo. Can we save the very last wild populations?


Tam, here at Borneo Rhino Sanctuary in Sabah, may be the world's last male Bornean rhino and one of the last Sumatran rhinos. Photo by: Jeremy Hance. Courtesy Mongabay.


There are no Sumatran rhinos left in the wild in the Malaysian state of Sabah, confirmed Masidi Manjun, the Tourism, Culture and Envi­ronment Minister (18 April 2015) "We are facing the prospect of our Sumatran rhinos going extinct in our lifetime,” Manjun noted. (Jeremy Hance, Mongabay 23 April 2015)

The Rhinos in Sumatra, across the Java Sea from Borneo, are hanging on by a thread. There are 2, possibly 3, potentially viable populations left in Sumatra. One of those is in the Way Kambas National Park where there are believed to be about 25 individual Rhinos.

The anti-poaching patrols are keeping poachers out but the Rhinos need more food and more forest to survive. They are gentle, shy, vegetarians and slow to breed. As the forests around them have been decimated they have retreated into isolated pockets of forest and now teeter on the edge of extinction.

You have the ability to help. This is critical and time urgent.



Our Target: 5,000 Rhino Food trees  and 5,000 Habitat trees planted in 1 year. 10,000 trees planted by June 30th 2016.

We need to raise: $30,000

Each tree costs $3

Buy 5 trees for just $15, 10 trees for $30 / 100 trees for $300.


This includes collecting seeds, potting and growing on seedlings. Planting seedlings in the forest. Plus setting up rainwater tanks and watering systems to get seedlings established.

Way Kambas National Park (1,300km2/130,000hectares), consists of swamp forest and lowland rainforest and lies at the extreme southern end of the eastern coastal plain of Sumatra. It encompasses part of the vast, seasonally inundated swamp area of eastern Sumatra.

Championed by Claire Oelrichs & Marie Gale of SIES.  SIES works on the ground in Way Kambas National Park with local NGO's, committed conservationists and the park staff. 100% of funds raised will go to the project.

A female Sumatran rhino, Bina, in the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. Bina is the last survivor of 40 rhinos caught from the wild in the 1980s and 90s and taken to various zoos, a project that has long been considered a failure. Photo by: Tiffany Roufs.  Courtesy Mongabay

This project will be managed by Claire Oelrichs and Marie Gale of the organisation Save Indonesia's Endangered Species (SIES) with the involvement of the students of Southern Cross University (Australia) and the community at Way Kambas in Sumatra.

Claire Oelrich and Marie Gale.


Sumatran Rhino. Photo by: Claire Oelrichs


Such lovely gentle creatures being needlessly hunted to extinction for their horns

-  Helen Scott Orr

Such lovely gentle creatures being needlessly hunted to extinction for their horns

-  Helen Scott Orr

This donation is on behalf of Jasper Gilding. Great project, well done to the team.

-  Paul Gilding

Good Luck, Claire!

-  Peter Radlett

The Sumatran and Javan Rhinos are surely among the world's most magnificent animals on Earth. They are 10 times more amazing than any movie star or sports hero. They deserve our support, movie stars don't. Next time you go to the movies, think about these magnificent animals trying to survive in the Indonesian rainforest, most of which has been cut down to make way for oil palm plantations. Thousands of tree species that used to support monkeys, elephants, tigers and of course, rhinos - how many more must die so that a small group of people can get rich growing oil palms? How can Australians, in particular, stand by and watch this genocide going on right on its doorstep? Tell all your friends about the amazing animals that evolved next door to Oz, who need all the help they can get.

-  Richard Noske