Leuser Conservation Forum’s Dedy Yansyah Receives Whitley Award
By David Vasquez
Recently, Dedy Yansyah, Wildlife Protection Coordinator for the Leuser Conservation Forum (FKL), received a 2022 Whitley Award for his outstanding work protecting the Critically Endangered Sumatran rhino. FKL, an RRF grantee, has been working to not only safeguard this rare rhino, but help its few remaining populations throughout the Leuser Ecosystem slowly recover.
In the last 20 years, Sumatran rhino populations have declined by 70% due to poaching and habitat loss. Less than 80 Sumatran rhinos still exist, and with so few of them left, breeding can be difficult and often unsuccessful. FKL works tirelessly with Indonesian government authorities to ensure these remaining rhinos have a chance to thrive. This includes translocating rhinos to take part in their captive breeding program, giving the rhinos their best chance at successfully reproducing.