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Post  Laikipia on Thu May 20, 2010 10:48 am

Ol Pejeta Conservancy - Laikipia, Kenya

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is an important “not-for-profit” wildlife conservancy in the Laikipia District of Kenya and the largest sanctuary for black rhinos in East Africa. Our mission statement reads as follows: The Ol Pejeta Conservancy works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises for re-investment in conservation and community development. Working closely with the Government of Kenya, our conservation activities are carried out to the highest international standards. Our revenue generating enterprises include world-class wildlife tourism and a fully integrated livestock production system. All surplus internally generated revenues are used in conjunction with donor funds to support an extensive community outreach programme, and to sustain conservation initiatives beyond our boundaries.

In summary the Ol Pejeta Conservancy aims to develop as a financially self-sustaining and innovative model that achieves conservation in a manner that produces tangible social benefit at both a local and national level.


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May update

Post  Laikipia on Sat May 29, 2010 10:06 am

May update from Ol Pejeta on the Northern White Rhinos

A lot has happened to our four northern white rhinos since our last website update which was written on January 15, 2010. Sudan, Suni, Najin and Fatu have now fully adapted to their new home in Africa. They have explored new homes, new territories and made new friends. Last week, a milestone was achieved when we separated the two females in order to give them a better chance at breeding.

Into the Breeding Area for Najin, Fatu & Sudan
On Wednesday, April 21st, after the fence was completed and the six southern white rhinos settled into the new 700 acres area, it was Sudan, Najin & Fatu’s day to be shown the way. The girls were coaxed out early afternoon by the boma staff. Najin was first to go through and Fatu, slightly wearier, followed shortly after her mother. They headed down the open plain towards the longer grass and acacia trees. They were followed by the keepers and stayed out all night – accompanied by an armed team. The Ol Pejeta staff were able to witness them spending a few hours with four of the southern white rhinos.



On the first day, Sudan came out briefly in the afternoon but was slightly spooked and ran back to the safety of the bomas. He was braver and more curious the following day, after being enticed to come through the gate, he spent all day and night out and was seen right down the far end of the breeding area.

The rhinos were still brought back to the bomas after they spent nights out, to make sure they can get a big feed and so that our staff can check for tick load. It was obvious that first week that they enjoy their new found freedom and at times were even hesitant to come back to the bomas. But with some gentle persuasion from the rhino keepers, all three eventually came back to their original homes.

Fatu Goes on Her Own
After having initially enjoyed the first few days out, the rhinos started to show signs of preferring to spend time around the bomas. It became increasingly difficult for our staff to get them to go into the breeding area. It also became clear that there were not enough interactions between the males and the females and that Najin was continuing to be extremely protective of her daughter, Fatu. We decided it was time to separate the girls.

On Monday, May 3rd, Fatu was put in the farthest corner of the bomas and Najin was released in the 400 x 400 area. It was a bit difficult for about 30 minutes and Fatu showed some signs of anxiety, but she recovered very quickly. Najin and Fatu are not allowed any contacts, physical or visual, in order to make sure they start showing interest in the males. Najin is still in the 400 x 400 enclosure and has refused to go into the breeding area, but without contacts with the other animals in the bomas, and with food, we are convinced she will get there soon.

Sudan is now in the breeding area permanently and he is doing really well. He is being monitored very closely and provided a big feed daily, in the afternoon. Once Najin moves into the breeding area, this will become their permanent home, along with the southern whites.


Sudan being fed in the breeding area, which is now his permanent home

On Thursday, May 6th, Suni and Fatu were also given time together alone, for the first time. There were no signs of aggression and it was a very encouraging experience for all of us. We will continue to give them time together.

This process is not going as quickly as we would have hoped, but it might have been naive of us to think it might have happened quicker. The bomas have become their home and the rhinos feel safe there. It will take a bit of time to get them used to their new environment.



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Ol Pejeta gives Lola the Black Rhino a new home

Post  Laikipia on Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:41 am

June 30, 2010
On June 15th, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy welcomed a new 3.1 year old female black rhino named Lola, bringing the total number of black rhinos on the Conservancy to 86 - still the Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa. Lola – who had been hand-reared by the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy staff and recently released in the wild – was fighting with a dominant male black rhino and was in serious danger of getting killed. Knowing they had to find her a new home, the Lewa team called Ol Pejeta for help and decided to transfer her into the safety of the northern white rhino enclosure on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.


Lola is being darted on the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and will be taken to the safety of the northern white rhino enclosure on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Lola was born over three years ago on the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, from a female called Mawingo. Mawingo is a bit of a celebrity on Lewa because she is known as the “blind rhino”. Rhinos already have poor eyesight, but Mawingo is almost completely blind. Unfortunately, this causes Mawingo to lose her calves a few days after she gives birth. Every time a calf is born, the Lewa team has to watch the pair very carefully and usually has to go and rescue the calf and hand-rear it. Lola is Mawingo’s sixth calf and was lost when she was about two weeks old. It took the team on Lewa two days to find Lola in the thick bush and to rescue her.

So for the last three years, Lola has been hand-reared, side by side her brother Elvis who is now 4.7 years old. The two occupied the central part of Lewa, and were always with their keeper. Initially, they spent the nights in a boma, and later next to the keeper’s house. About six months ago, it was agreed that Lola and Elvis needed to start being re-introduced to the wild. The need to reduce human contact was evident. So they were released from the boma and were roaming within the central part of Lewa – near the Headquarters – day and night, without their keeper’s assistance. Because this area falls within the territory of a dominant male black rhino called Ibong, Lola got herself in trouble. She is too young to mate and Ibong was chasing her out of his territory and he almost killed her twice. It was only a matter of time.

It was decided to move Lola, and to move her quickly. In collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Ol Pejeta sent the new capture truck and a team to Lewa to help dart and capture Lola and moved her to the safety of the northern white rhino enclosure on the Conservancy. Lola is making friends with some of the southern white rhino females and will soon be joined by an orphaned black rhino female called Naboru who is 18 months old. In a few years, probably two to three, Lola will be released in the wild to mix with the rest of the Ol Pejeta’s black rhino, thus contributing to the breeding programme.


Lola in her new home on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. She is doing extremely well and has made friends with the rangers and some of the southern white rhino females. She will soon be joined by an orphaned 18 months female black rhino called Naboru.

Lola’s story is a testament to the fact that Ol Pejeta continues to serve as the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa not only for its own population, but country-wide. More and more, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is playing a wider role in making sure black rhinos continue to thrive in Kenya. If you would like to help continue to play this role, please support us by making an online donation.


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Post  Laikipia on Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:47 pm

From the Ol Pejeta blog and I am sure it has been posted on many others .................

THAILAND - Bangkok Star - 18th August: A woman mourns over the body of her deceased husband after he had purchased apparently purposely contaminated rhino horn on the open market in Bangkok. The source of the contamination is still to be verified but it is thought to be from a private game farm somewhere in southern Africa. Officials in Thailand are frantic to identify the source, as the powdered horn is sold in miniscule amounts... and they have no idea how much has already been distributed throughout Bangkok. Local hospitals are on standby for an unprecendented influx of new cases.


Officials are unable get information as the rhino horn dealers in Bangkok are being unco-operative. They neither want to be fingered as being the provider of the poisoned horn, not do they want to reveal their illegal international sources. It is believed that private game farm owners in southern Africa are colluding between themselves to distribute an effective poison that is harmless to the animals but harmful, or even fatal as in this case, to those that ingest the contaminated horn.

A game farm owner from the North West Province who obviously wishes to remain anonymous, has admitted to using the poison on 4 of his animals.

Three of them have shown no side-effects whatsoever 2 months after the poison was injected into the horns. However the 4th rhino was slaughtered and de-horned on a remote part of his farm in the last week of July. When asked to comment on the death in Thailand from suspect poisoned rhino horn, he refused to be drawn into the morals of the farmers joint action. He said that there would be many more cases in the near future as he was personally aware of at least another 5 slaughters of contaminated rhinos in the North West Province alone.

Authorities in South Africa are unable to comment on the "poison" collusion among the game farm owners nor are they able to verify the source of the contaminated horn.


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Post  Doogs on Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:55 pm

Sorry but serves him right, shouldn't have bought it in the first place ! No
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Post  Laikipia on Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:04 pm

What goes around comes around ..................

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Happy holidays from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy

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Post  littlewid on Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:25 pm

Embarassed OOps looks like I need to start at the beginning here, i've missed a few and need a good catch up.Will do that in the next few days, thanks for posting Lai.

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Post  whitestarling on Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:35 pm

Thanks Lai I will have a read in the next couple of days, and come back
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Post  Laikipia on Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:49 pm

Ol Pejeta have updated 27th January - good news for the Northern White Rhinos

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Post  littlewid on Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:52 pm

Just caught up with the old posts Lai and the new one, read the new one that SM posted on another thread but caught the pictures that go with it from a link on here (checked their latest news) the pictures are gorgeous.

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Post  Laikipia on Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:50 pm

Ol Pejeta update on 5th February from Simon King on Toki

http://www.olpejetaconservancy.org/node/281

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Post  littlewid on Sun Feb 13, 2011 3:54 pm

Thanks Lai, I know we have read that but it was so lovely to see the picture of Toki. It still feels very sad doesn't it, it would be wonderful if he was still alive but it doesn;t seem likely does it. Sad

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Post  Laikipia on Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:22 pm

Sadly no, but at least Toki had time in the wild and will be remembered. Both he and Sambu were such lovely cheetahs and such an amazing story.

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Post  Laikipia on Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:02 pm

Latest email from Ol Pejeta with a petition

please sign and share they need a lot of signatures!



A Successful Campaign
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our supporters we managed to raise
*Ksh. 1,970,347 (USD 19,508)* in our month-long fundraising campaign to
improve security on the Conservancy. The fundraising culminated in an online
auction to name Max’s son. Peter Llyod won the bid and named the male
southern white rhino Boris. From all of us on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy,
thank you all for standing up for rhinos.

This campaign started as a result of the rise in poaching on Ol Pejeta. Max,
one of our southern white rhinos, who had a special place in our hearts, was
one of the victims killed for his little stump of a horn.

View a video of Max http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gjoed7Xwhhc, /Excerpts
from two episodes of Ol Pejeta Diaries/

If you want to name a rhino, we still have a few of them left. Contact us via
email mailto:elodie.sampere@olpejetaconservancy.org or donate via JustGiving
http://www.justgiving.com/olpejetarhinos (UK and Europe) or FirstGiving
http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/olpejeta/rhinos (USA and rest of the
world)

Meet Safaritalk, one of the rhinos named in our latest campaign.

Gold Challenge - The Fight Continues
As you know our target was to raise $465,000 for increased security to fight
the poaching on Ol Pejeta. Our CEO, Richard Vigne, has taken it upon himself
to raise additional funds for Ol Pejeta’s rhinos by signing up for the
*Gold Challenge
http://www.savetherhino.org/eTargetSRINM/site/1200/default.aspx*.

The Gold Challenge is designed to raise money for charity by encouraging
people to take on Olympic or Paralympic sports before the start of the 2012
London Olympics. Richard’s challenge involves him walking, running, cycling
or rowing 2012 km, which is at least 6.5 km a day, between now and the
Olympics to raise Ksh. 3,160,000 (USD 31,287) for the Conservancy. Any
donation to support his bold move will be routed through Save the Rhino
http://www.savetherhino.org/ and finally to the Ol Pejeta’s rhino
programme.

We will keep you updated on Richard’s progress in the 295 days between now
and the start of the London Olympics.

Support Richard and help him achieve his Gold Challenge
https://www.goldchallenge.org/gc/user/RVigne

Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta's CEO, takes on a personal challenge for rhino
conservation

Do More - Sign our Petition
As if that’s not enough, Richard has started a petition to the Premier of
the State Council of the People's Republic of China, Wen Jiabao, to stop the
importation of rhino horn and elephant ivory. *We need one million signatures
and can't get there without your help. *

We believe the war against poaching is going to be won in the political
corridors of the developed world when countries like China, which has the
highest demand for rhino horn and ivory, will take steps to stop this illegal
trade. We need to increase international awareness about the illegal killing
of elephants and rhinos across Africa which has reached unprecedented levels
with all rhino species tottering on the brink of extinction and Africa losing
an estimated 35,000 elephants a year!

Sign our petition
http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-killing-of-elephants-and-rhinos-across-africa and
share it with family and friends


We need to get 1 million signatures. Please help us by signing our petition
and by sharing it with family and friends Bungee for Rhinos
To commemorate World Rhino Day, the Conservancy organized a bungee jump event
that took place this past Saturday in Sagana, Kenya.

12 individuals leapt into action by jumping off a 60-meter tall structure in
an extreme move to show solidarity for rhinos. The */Bungee for Rhinos/*
event attracted a group of passionate people and it was clear that Kenyans
won’t stand by and watch their heritage decimated. */Bungee for Rhinos/*
will become a yearly event.

You can view pictures of the Bungee for Rhinos event on our Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150834103435324.732517.238056550323&type=1#!/media/set/?set=a.10150834103435324.732517.238056550323&type=3

Bijal Patel takes a jump during the Bungee for Rhinos event

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Post  Doogs on Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:01 pm

Thanks for all this Lai Pai and Petition signed for a very worthwhile cause
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Post  whitestarling on Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:50 pm

I've signed to. It's high time something was done
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Post  Laikipia on Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:28 am

thanks Doogs and WS

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The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is proud to announce that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award".

The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews. With a rating of 5.0, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy has earned a place among the very best.

What’s more, three of our camps - Sweetwaters Tented Camp, Kicheche Laikipia Camp and Porini Rhino Camp - have also received Certificate of Excellence Awards from TripAdvisor. Ol Pejeta prides itself on being the destination of choice for tourists to Laikipia and these accolades prove that visitors have great experiences.

"Ol Pejeta strives to offer visitors memorable safari experiences and we are honoured that TripAdvisor chose to recognize our contribution to the Kenyan Tourism industry by giving us a Certificate of Excellence Award,” said Richard Vigne, CEO of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Ol Pejeta is East Africa’s Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary, the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees and holds some of the highest predator densities in Kenya. The Conservancy not only aims at sustaining wildlife, but also contribute to the general welfare of the surrounding communities through investment in health, education, water, agriculture and roads
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Post  Laikipia on Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:34 pm

cheers Doogs. Glad you posted this, I had the email but Embarassed can't get to do the posting from an e-mail What a Face

Brilliant news for Ol Pejeta it really sounds like a brilliant place.

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Post  whitestarling on Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:37 pm

Great news they've had these awards. As it helps them to get more visitors, which raises revenue, and to their credit, they do use some of it to protect the wildlife, and benifit the community
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Post  Doogs on Fri Oct 24, 2014 12:50 pm

Awww that is sad Lai Sad but at least his death wasn't as a result of poachers, it would appear to be natural. Great he lived to the ripe old age of 34 I love you
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I Agree Doogs

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