Rhinos are under extreme threat due to illegal poaching to source rhino horn. Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors support rhino conservation in partnership with Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, Africa (OPC). OPC is the home of over 100 highly endangered black and white rhino making it the single largest population of eastern black rhinos left in the world. Wildlife Warriors works to strengthen security measures to protect these rhinos.
Continued financial support from Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors and Fauna and Flora International means the property is solely managed by a Kenyan not-for-profit entity, benefiting the surrounding environment and communities as well as funding various protection methods including the development of effective wildlife management projects and helping to reduce conflict between wildlife and local communities through mitigation methods including tracker dogs, light surveillance planes, armed anti-poaching patrols, community networks and electric security fences. In addition to these programs, all rhinos are monitored through individual radio transmitters in their horns and research is actively carried out to determine the best ways to maintain the diversity of species and habitats within the conservancy and greater rhino habitat.
An integral part of the Laikipia-Samburu ecosystem, OPC carries one of the highest wildlife densities in Kenya which include its most well known and threatened residents, the black rhino. OPC has the capacity to hold over 120 rhino with the current population proving that when protected, rhino populations can steadily recover.
OPC is now the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa and will soon provide a continuous supply of surplus rhinos to other sanctuaries and protection zones making Wildlife Warriors’ support crucial to the survival of this magnificent species.