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Kenya Rhino Project

There are only eight rhinoceros left in the Chyulu Hills in southern Kenya, but with your help, this population can grow.

Currently, the rhinos are carefully protected by Big Life Foundation and the Kenya Wildlife Service. They are under the constant surveillance of 51 dedicated Big Life rhino unit rangers, 37 camera traps and regular aerial patrols. As a result of this protection for the last five years there have been zero rhino poaching incidents in the Chyulus.

However, the habitat is capable of supporting a much larger population. Just 60 years ago in a time when famous big game hunter turned conservationist J. A. Hunter lived here, the surrounding area was home to thousands of rhino. Alex Hunter, one of Royal African Safaris’ Partners, is J. A. Hunter’s grandson. Alex is passionate about this Rhino project, and he is working with his sister at Big Life Foundation to ensure its success.

The habitat currently holds Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) status, and it is suited to black rhinos due to the extensive thickets they can forage and take refuge in.

The Chyulus’ population is of critical value to international rhino conservation as it is one of the very few genetically independent populations of eastern black rhino left in East Africa today.

With your help, Big Life Foundation can put in place infrastructure that will allow for the translocation of rhinos from other territories into the Chyulus so that this population can grow.

 

If you would like to donate to this project please click here.

Your donation to our registered 501(c)(3) organisation is tax-deductible as provided by law.

Please contact us if you would like to know more about this project.

One of the residents, Cathy and her calf captured on camera trap

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