Adventure for Rhinos is raising funds for the Rhino Revival Fund. The fund will support a detailed study to determine the scope and scale of additional rhino territory in Laikipia. The trip partners with African Ascents to take you on the ultimate in multi-sport adventures while supporting rhino and wildlife conservation at the same time.
WHY? For the residents of Laikipia, rhinos and rhino conservation mean more than just protecting rhinos. Rhinos are seen as an iconic, umbrella species. By protecting rhinos, we contribute to wildlife conservation, biodiversity conservation and the empowerment of communities. Kenya has lost about 70% of its large mammals in the last 40 years. If we don’t do something now, we cannot guarantee that our grandchildren will have the chance to see rhinos or other wildlife. In order to ensure the future of wildlife, we need to protect wildlife lands and habitat. This is where rhinos come into play. By protecting rhinos and their lands, we are protecting all forms of wildlife and their habitat. Laikipia has been successful in rhino conservation and hosts over 50% of Kenya’s black rhinos. However, our rhino conservation success in Laikipia needs to grow. Most of our rhinos are found on “islands” of private, protected land and their populations are outgrowing the land that can support them. For us to meet our conservation growth goals for rhinos, we need more land supporting rhino conservation. Our efforts in Laikipia are focused on expanding the available land for rhinos to more private lands, to engage more community lands, and to connect existing rhino conservancies.
How? And Who Benefits? The Rhino Revival Fund is managed by Laikipia Forum (LF), a 20,000 strong membership conservation network and non-profit organization in Laikipia, Kenya. LF supports Laikipia’s natural resources stakeholders and will supervise the study to expand rhino territory. LF has been involved in rhino conservation since its inception in 1992. Take a look at the maps above to the see the proposed expansion of rhino habitat. By taking part in this trip, you are directly contributing to the future of these endangered species, black and white rhinos. Further, you are supporting the benefits that accrue from conservation on private and community lands, including wildlife protection, employment, improved livelihoods, and social services, security, and national pride.