Laikipia is only second to Masai Mara when it comes to wildlife population density. This includes half of Kenya’s black rhinos, the second largest population of elephants in Kenya, and the globally threatened Grévy’s zebra.
September 22 saw us celebrate World Rhino Day. This theme for this year’s World Rhino day was 𝐅𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐑𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐨 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫.
The World Rhino Day is celebrated on September 22nd every year. It celebrates all five rhino species. Black, White (found in Africa), Indian, Javan and Sumatran (found in South East Asia).
Kenya ranks 4th in the world with the highest number of rhinos in the world after South Africa, Namibia and India.
At the moment they’re no Northern White Rhinos found in the wild. The only remaining Northern white rhinos are known from Ol Pejeta conservancy.
On the other hand, the numbers of Southern White rhinos have continued to grow due to strong conservation efforts and their numbers are estimated to be around 21,000 in protected areas.
The black rhinos, which are smaller of two African rhino species and are distinguished by their hooked upper lip, have been victims of wide-scale poaching with more than 90% lost between 1970-1992. Roughly 4000 are left in the wild today. In Kenya, 50% of our national population of approximately 800 can be found here in Laikipia.
The birth of the first eastern black rhino in the western Serengeti in decades was announced by the Grumeti Fund. The calf is now two months old and thriving. In 2019, the Grumeti Fund, in partnership with Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism and the Wildlife Management Authority, among other agencies, translocated a breeding nucleus of rhino from an out-of-range population in South Africa.
Rhinos need our help. The encroachment on their habitats, poaching activities and the high cost of their conservation means they remain at risk.
𝐌𝐚𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐫𝐚 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐅𝐮𝐧𝐝 (𝐌𝐂𝐅) is designed to support wildlife conservation efforts and innovations in the Greater Laikipia landscape. More than research, it supports practical interventions aimed at securing habitat and safe passage for our many wildlife species, but with a particular focus on our vulnerable and endangered species.
The fund provides grants to individuals, communities, schools, and organized groups, with access to funds that support these conservation goals.
The 𝐑𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐨 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐮𝐧𝐝 is the first step in realizing the larger MCF. The Rhino Revival Fund supports innovation in black rhino conservation in the greater Laikipia Landscape. It is designed to provide grants guided by the Kenya Black Rhino Action Plan of 2017-2021, as well as by the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries.
For more information and to find out how you can support these initiatives, click on the following links.