Why work to protect the black rhino?
Says Dr. Wahungu: “I share the vision of the founder of this project: to save the endangered black rhino and its habitat. Volunteers’ support of and participation in this project will go a long way towards the realization of this noble vision. Every dollar invested in this project is a priceless gift not only to this critically endangered species, but also to humanity globally.”
What results have you seen from your work in Kenya?
“We completed five publications in referenced journals, a model for rational management of the black rhino habitat in Ol Pejeta Conservancy currently being tried in other rhino breeding sites in Kenya, and an early habitat stress detection program at Ol Pejeta. Adoption of the model developed at Ol Pejeta by other black rhino breeding sites in Kenya has proven very successful. We are now also monitoring the impact of browsers on acacia trees, as well as the effect of the fire management program on the performance of acacias. Our research objectives and activities are guided by the management needs of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, and we have a close working relationship with them because we conduct much of the management research here together.”