Kenya’s Ol Pejeta: the Largest White Rhino Conservancy


Located directly on the equator on the land of East Africa, Kenya is one of the most naturally prominent wildlife countries of the world. Kenya boasts the reputation of being one of the very few countries that are home to the Big Five; the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros and the elephant.

The landscape is filled with huge national parks that are home to a wide variety of animal species, specifically some of the rare kinds of mammals, reptiles and birds. Other factors that promote Kenya’s tourism include historical architecture like mosques and naturally renowned scenery, pulling in foreigner and local tourist traffic for cheap flights to Kenya.

One aspect that brings light upon Kenya’s wildlife-friendly habitat is that its Ol Pejeta Conservancy, located in the Lakipia district, is home to three of the remaining five northern white rhinoceros in the world. The northern white rhinoceros is one of the two sub species of the white rhinoceros and is considered an extremely rare and special animal.

It has been labelled as critically endangered or extinct in the wild. Since 2000, a large number of these unique animals have died, the latest one passing on this Sunday in the San Diego Zoo. Most of these deaths are a result of the poaching efforts because of the demand for their horn, which is used an ingredient for a traditional medicine in India and elsewhere in the Asian world.

The three northern white rhinoceros of Africa are under observation at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which is located in the Laikipia district of central Kenya. The conservancy functions as an organization to preserve wildlife, generate income through tourism and provide a sanctuary for endangered species like the northern white rhinoceros and great apes. Wildlife enthusiasts should get their hands on cheap tickets to Kenya so that they can visit the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and admire the wide range of animal species conserved here.

Rare species found in the conservancy include the big five, the African wild dog, the black rhinoceros, cheetahs, bat eared fox, impalas, hippos and many more. It is also home to endangered animal species like the Grevy’s Zebra, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Cheetah, Spotted Hyenas and Lions. The Conservancy offers 7 different accommodation options for its visitors and research facilities, where groups or individuals stay while studying flora or fauna.

In an attempt to keep the species alive, members of WWF and Ole Pejeta Conservancy have been trying to get the rhinos breeding in time. However, their efforts haven’t born considerable fruit yet, as the number of remaining females outnumbers the male four to one and he is too young to breed.

However, with the help of technological advances, workers at WWF have been able to store semen and testicular tissue from the old rhinoceros that died on Sunday, with the hope that it can be used to start the reproductive process again.

However, the fact that all species of rhinoceros breed well in the wild but not in captivity is being stated continuously by other experts and shareholders to WWF, as a reason for the limited remaining population of the mammals.

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