We work to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife, tourism and complementary enterprise.
#DidYouKnow Just like human beings, chimpanzees are prone to baldness and greying of hair as they grow older. This applies to males and females, although it is more prevalent in males.
Photo by Jonathan Cooke
Zachary Mutai, Head Caregiver at the northern white rhino boma visits Sudan's headstone for the first time since his death on 19th March 2018.
After staying with Sudan for nine years, the keepers are still coming to terms with the fact that their buddy is no more. Sudan was a larger than life presence, and his death has left a vast vacuum here on Ol Pejeta especially to his caregivers. Next time you visit, be sure to stop by the Rhino Memorial and pay homage to Sudan. Don't forget to bring him his favourite snacks - a carrot or a banana
The Martial eagle is the largest eagle in Africa, with a wingspan of up to 2.6 metres and weighing almost 8 kilograms. They are incredibly powerful, capable of knocking an adult man off their feet. Its name is derived from the latin word Martialis, meaning ‘from Mars’, who was the Roman god of war.
Martial Eagles will soar for hours exploring potential prey - eventually killing or attacking by a long slanting stoop at great speed. It may kill from a perch, but rarely does so, and most of its prey are surprised in the open by the speed of the eagle's attack from a distance. They exhibit a preference for game-birds, hyrax, poultry and surprisingly, they also prey on adult Kori Bustards which are considered the heaviest flying birds.
The Martial eagle is listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN with their decline in numbers mainly attributed to habitat loss as humans destroy their habitats to cater for an expanding population.
Photos by Tui De Roy
Last month, we held a 3 day first aid training (International Life Saver) for 26 employees drawn from our various departments. The training, facilitated by St. John’s Ambulance, was aimed at ensuring that in case of any medical emergency, members of staff have the requisite first aid skills that can be administered to preserve life. The trained members of staff will in turn share their newly acquired knowledge with other employees to ensure as many as possible have first aid skills.
The first aid training is an annual exercise that we undertake in line with the Kenya’s Occupational Health and Safety Act 2007.
Sudan may no longer be with us but his legacy must live on. Share your love for him with the world by wearing these customised T-shirts - while also supporting rhino conservation on Ol Pejeta. Many colours and shapes and sizes available.
Order here (LINK IN BIO): https://shop.bonfire.com/sudan/
2018, March 19th. Within hours, Dr. Morne de La Rey cryogenically freezes Sudan’s DNA. Scientists hope to use the last male northern white rhino’s genetic material to hopefully resurrect the species from their recent ‘natural’ extinction.
In the last few days one or two people have suggested that the northern white rhino is, in fact, no different from the southern white rhino. Here is a link to all of the latest scientific thinking on the matter(LINK IN BIO) https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vP0Kg3iLiCLYsrrN04mgpQT8v3QDGqpc
It’s a complex debate. We await one more paper currently in publication (that supports the “separate species” argument). However we don’t think there is anyone (?) who debates the fact that if we are ever to see white rhinos re-established back in the wild in places such as the Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, then, at the very least, a significant part of the genotype that comprises the northern white rhinos will need to be preserved in living rhinos. If we can preserve the pure form then achieving this will be a good deal easier. We would be interested in your thoughts…
“I have been very privileged to grow up and see rhinoceros and elephants almost daily and I can’t imagine a world without them. If, the killing continues there won’t be any left in 10-15 years so we need to spread the world and educate people.” These great words of wisdom are from 7 year old Ben Woodhams, the youngest ever participant in our Virtual Ultra Marathon. Ben used to live right next to Ol Pejeta and seeing rhinos in the wild firsthand inspired him to participate in the Virtual Ultra in support our rhino conservation efforts.
For an adult, it's challenging, for a kid it's nearly impossible! Age notwithstanding, he has run an amazing 574 km in just four months and is on pace to finish the 1,245 KM marathon well before the end of the year. He is currently third out of thirty one participants - such an amazing feat by this special kid. He has also managed to raise $ 651 that will go towards supporting the brave men and women who work tirelessly to ensure our rhinos are safe.
You can help Ben achieve his target of raising $2,000 to support rhino conservation on Ol Pejeta by donating to his Virtual Ultra donation page here: https://donate.olpejetaconservancy.org/fundraisers/benwoodhams-virtualultramarathon
There have been a lot of news features and films made about Sudan in the last decade. But there is one particularly close to our hearts. For the last three years, we have been working closely with Filmmaker, David Hambridge to tell the story of Sudan through the lives of those that cared for him on a daily basis. @thelastmalestanding, set to be released in early 2019, is a feature film that journeys beyond the global headlines that have accumulated around Sudan, and explores the painful emptiness of extinction through the eyes of Sudan's caregivers.
This morning, we gave Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, a fitting tribute in honour of his life and his great work as a rhino conservation ambassador.
In a short ceremony on Ol Pejeta, several speakers gave great personal accounts of their interactions with Sudan and his incredible global impact on rhino conservation. James Mwenda, gave a powerful speech on behalf of his caregivers and urged the world to not let Sudan’s death be in vain.
The ceremony was graced by Hon. Najib Balala, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife and the Laikipia Governor, Hon Ndiritu Mureithi who both reaffirmed their commitment to supporting wildlife conservation not only in Laikipia but across Kenya.
The ceremony culminated in the unveiling of Sudan’s plaque at the Rhino Memorial by the Cabinet Secretary and the Governor.
Fare thee well Sudan. You have done your work to highlight the plight of rhino species across the world; now the onus is on us to ensure that rhino populations thrive across our planet.