Earthwatch Expedition: Saving Kenya's Black Rhinos



Over 40 years, poaching reduced Kenya's population of black rhinoceros from 20,000 to a mere 539. Earthwatch researchers and volunteers are bringing black rhinos back from the brink of extinction.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Poaching reduced Kenya's black rhinoceros population from 20,000 to a mere 539. Fenced-in, scout-patrolled sanctuaries like this 100-square-km reserve have literally kept rhinos alive as a species in Kenya. In the wake of this success, new concerns have arisen: potential competition with giraffes and elephants, calf predation by hyenas and lions, even having too many rhinos in enclosed reserves. Only close monitoring of this sanctuary will enable Kenya's black rhinos to avoid extinction.

How will this project solve this problem?

This project gathers data on the distribution of wildlife and rhinos, measuring the composition and condition of the vegetation that competing large animals eat as well as changes in rhino populations to allow for changes in conservation policies.

Potential Long Term Impact

This project will improve rhino conservation tactics at Ol Pejet and other Kenyan sites, and give rhinos a chance to reach sustainable wild and protected populations.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,183

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,183 .  The original project funding goal was $2,995.


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Project Leader

George Grattan

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Boston, MA United States

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