Saving Javan Rhinos

 
Mysterious, rare and unheard of, the Javan rhino hovers on the brink of extinction.

Historically hunted for its horn and devastated by the destruction of their habitat, the Javan rhino population is now distressingly small. With an estimated population of 50 individuals in Ujung Kulong National Park (UKNP), the Javan rhino is among the world’s most endangered species.
 
But, while there’s life, there’s hope; and Jebsen & Jessen (SEA). From July 18-24, 2010, 12 employees travelled to UKNP as part of the Group’s renowned “Meet A Need” Programme. Supporting the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) their mission was to ‘Save the last Javan rhino’!
 
After a long journey the team arrived in UKNP on the evening of July 19. The following two days, they ventured into the jungle and followed the National Park officers into the depths of UKNP to track the rhinos. At several locations, they installed video surveillance, built observation tree-houses, cut the arenga palm, an invader plant to the rhino’s staple diet, and assisted the National Park team with a topographical survey.
 
After two days in the jungle, the team travelled to a tiny island within the National Park. The surrounding reefs have been heavily damaged and many of the fish have disappeared. Again, Jebsen & Jessen (SEA) came to help. Together with WWF, the team planted soft corals in the sea and mangroves around the island.
 
At the end of the trip, the group of volunteers travelled to Taman Jaya, a village on the outskirts of the UKNP and spent a magnificent evening enriched with local culture at the Taman Jaya Elementary School. In the name of the Group’s Customer Relationship Management Department, the “Meet A Need” team handed over a donation of educational books and stationery to the pupils.
 
Excited, fulfilled and happy, after a wonderful week the team left UKNP the next day and travelled back to Jakarta and their respective home countries.
 

Other trips

  

Marshland and Animal Care Centre - Dec 2013

Volunteers experienced  a lesser-known side of Singapore to build a drainage system for its education centre and helped out at the animal care centre ► Read more
 

Nutrition Centre for Rural Philippine Community - July 2013

Volunteers helped build a nutrition centre, which will enable the community in rural Bohol tackle the problem of malnutrition, especially amongst children  ► Read more
 

Meet a Need at Mantanani Island  - Dec 2012

Volunteers helped the islanders of Manatani, Sabah to solve one problem: creating a sustanable drinking water supply ► Read more
 
Building a learning centre - July 2012
Partnered with World Visions, volunteers helped construct a centre for teaching farming and other life skills in Bo Kluea, Thailand ► Read more
 
Conserving the of Ulu Muda forests - Dec 2011
Volunteers helped conservation efforts in the Ulu Muda Forest Reserve in Kedah, Malaysia, by lending a hand to field officers from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). ► Read more
 

Facilitating clean water access - July 2011

Volunteers travelled to Kirivong in Cambodia to work on the construction of school latrines and rain water tanks for two primary schools. ► Read more
 

Building a primary school  - Dec 2010

Volunteers travel to the remote mountainous area of Hang Lia commune, North Vietnam, to build two classrooms for a primary school. ► Read more
 

Saving Javan rhinos  - July 2010

Volunteers support the WWF's work in Ujung Kulong National Park, Indonesia, installing video surveillance and building observation tree houses. ► Read more

 

What it means to me

Meet a Need is an experience of a lifetime, changing the way staff think and feel about their community and their fellow colleagues. We asked participants to share their most memorable moments; the people they met, what they learned, how the trip changed them and what it was like to work for a greater good.  Read more