Keep the Rhino Rangers Safe
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Ol Pejeta Conservancy's rhino rangers find themselves in challenging situations on an all too regular basis. They are on the front-line protecting dwindling numbers of rhino. The 90,000 acre conservancy is home to three of the last five northern white rhinos left in existence, 23 white rhinos and 105 black rhinos.
Protecting these rhinos can be dangerous. Poaching attemps in the area are not infrequent and the rangers are the main line of defence between poacher and rhino. Thanks to the efforts of this team, just two rhino have been poached in the last eighteen months and in neither case did the poachers get away with the horn.
Keeping the ranger team safe is expensive. They are given world-class training, and are kitted out with the latest in equipment and support, from night vision goggles to GPS tracking, to a team of tracking and support dogs.
Ol Pejeta covers these costs mainly with tourism income. Sadly misconceptions about Ebola (Kenya has had no cases and is further from the epicentre than many European countries) and some instabilities in remote parts of Kenya (far from most tourist routes) have hit tourism numbers hard. Keeping the team funded and equipped is an ongoing challenge.
We are aiming to raise enough to safeguard the wages for the forty strong team for the next six months. This is £75,000. Any which way, every single pound contributed will help secure the rangers, that secure the rhino, for us and for future generations. Thank you for your time.
Learn more by visiting our website (Ol Pejeta Conservancy) or watch a short video here:
Main photo credit: Brent Stirton
Video credit: Thomas Aveling
Jambo from Ol Pejeta, Kenya!
A while ago, thanks to your generous support, we were able to raise over 75,000 pounds for the rangers that guard Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world.
When we mentioned that we were looking into assisted means of reproduction for the northern white rhinos, many of you rightly encouraged us to pursue this path.
Since then, we have been in consultation with experts in order to determine the best course of action for the northern white rhino species.
Today, in collaboration with the Dvur Kralove Zoo, we have launched a campaign named #MakeARhino, Save a Species. We aim to raise the £ 0.5M ($0.8M) required for IVF for the northern white rhino species.
The IVF procedure is complicated and has never been done before for rhinos. There are no guarantees for success, but if it works, we will have saved a species.
We believe this is a worthwhile undertaking not only for us, but for our children and their children.
Please help us #MakeARhino here: http://www.gofundme.com/makearhino
As always, asante sana!
- The Ol Pejeta Team.
Our appreciation also, to The Mirror and The Daily Mail for their most recent pieces on Sudan.
Read and watch below:
It's always a pleasure to read the amazing stories that accompany your donations. We're touched that so many of you continue to unite in support of Sudan and our rangers.
From a special 'Sudance' (A dance for Sudan) to birthday parties dedicated to Sudan- we're truly awed!
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Our unending gratitude to each and every last one of you who has generously given and campaigned tirelessly for our cause. Your kindness and support have made it easier for us to continue providing a safe refuge for all the endangered species that call Ol Pejeta home. It is our sincere hope that one day we can welcome you to Ol Pejeta, to see and experience our work for yourselves.
As we continue working to conserve endangered species and promote community development in our corner of the world, it gives us great encouragement to know that we have kind supporters all over the world.
We are delighted to have secured the next six months for our rhino rangers but we must continue to remain vigilant in our protection of these magnificent animals for the long term. So please do spread the word for people to keep contributing in order to extend the time frame over which we secure our rangers - every 30 pence (50 cents) secures another minute of their time.
Thank you all.
Photo: Brent Stirton
Can you start a campaign to raise money for the in vitro fertilization that will be needed to help the Northern White Rhinos reproduce? Considering the amount of time and money that operation would take, we need to start collecting funds and educating the public asap.
Adding heartfelt thanks to all who are helping the rhinos and their protection team and, as a Board Member of the Ol pejeta conservancy, further reassurance that every contribution is applied to this cause. It is also really helping morale of the team to feel the support of friends around the world. Thank you so much. (Rosalind Aveling, Deputy Chief Executive, Fauna & Flora International).
Thank you Alix and Will. The 3 northern white rhino are critical, but we must also protect the 106 black rhino and 20 southern white rhino we have on the conservancy - our rangers work every day to protect them all. This campaign for our rangers actually pre-dates the widespread media coverage and we do not want to change the campaign mid-way through, especially when the rangers themselves are so important to all the rhino here. Please be assured though that we plan further fundraising for the northern whites, centred on developing the techniques needed for future reproduction. We will keep you posted. Best wishes, Rob.
Q/ With the similarity of climate between the Kenyan highlands and large areas of Australia and given the critical status of the north white rhino population, has any thought ever been given to moving the animals to a safer location where risk from poachers would be zero? I believe the Aussies have had great success with their black rhino breeding program. Has this ever been considered?
Dear Julia, the best thing is to try is our booking site which uses Paypal to checkout. Dollars will automatically be converted to Euro and you do not need to have a Paypal account - you can simply pay by Debit or Credit card using the Paypal guest portal. Please try: https://olpejetaconservancy.checkfront.com/reserve/. Click into the 'Adoption Packages' section, scroll to the bottom and you can donate any amount. Thank you so much. Best wishes, Rob
Dear Milea, please let me answer your questions. (1) We have updated our website to include a link the fundraiser in two place - http://www.olpejetaconservancy.org/wildlife_conservation/northern-white-rhinos, and http://www.olpejetaconservancy.org/support. (2) You will also see that the fundraiser is communicated on both the official Twitter and Facebook accounts for Ol Pejeta Conservancy which have over 50,000 followers - https://twitter.com/olpejeta, https://www.facebook.com/OlPejetaConservancy, (3) We often experiment with different fundraising tools - for example we used IndieGoGo in the past as well to crowd-raise for a drone. In this instance a long-term donor for Ol Pejeta requested we start a GoFundMe campaign which we started two months ago. We have been very pleasantly surprised that the campaign has taken off after two quite quiet months following initial generous donations. I do hope that this helps reassure you.
I am touched that so many are determined to take action about saving the animals we have left on earth. I am also involved in this cause for rhinos and their rangers. If you are interested in seeing what poachers end up doing for these useless horns, please watch this newly released music video: http://youtu.be/y8eUw9btmkI WARNING: Explicit photographs.
here is my personal out take on this atrocity of life. what the he ll would the world do if there was 1 single male and 1 breedable female left of the human race,and I do not care what color or race you may be left from.... and some other moronic race was the killer of the human race AS WE KNOW IT NOW. Do you think something should be done to prevent our complete existence from being known FROM THIS LIFE as we know it? Tell me there are sane people who give 3 craps about God's animals,,including the human race/.!! If eliminating our known world,as we grew up learning and reading about in schools and books is out human goal and if a rhino bone is worth $30 what the f is wrong with the idiots of this world??? DUH breed more rhinos and you get more fucking horns. Oh yes that would decrease the value. I would gladly kill every rhino hunter in todays world. Anyone want to pay me to eliminate morons who are killing Gods only real perfect animals? if you give me shelter,food and the guns and ammo ...I will kill every f*cking poacher I find!!!!! BE WARE POACHERS< ET IS ON THE LOOK OUT
Just to add that in order to have an active GoFundMe account, I had to submit a full scan of my passport as proof of identity. This in turn was verified by an external check company that they and STRIPE (their payment system) use.