As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on the world's economy, we now anticipate overall tourism revenues for the year to decrease by over USD 4m. This directly impacts our ability to carry on our conservation and community work. The last two northern white rhinos in the world are at risk! Our black rhino population of 135 is at risk. Our 36 chimpanzees are at risk. Today, we need your help to keep our organisation afloat.
As COVID-19 pandemic continue to spread, we are faced with a major and unforeseen global challenge that affects people in all corners of the world. Ol Pejeta is no exception. We pride ourselves for being self-sustainable mostly from tourism but COVID-19 is having an impact on our sustainability model. With global travel restrictions tourism is now severely compromised. The impact is so significant that we won't be able to sustain all our efforts for too long.
Your support today is crucial to keep our rhinos and other wildlife safe and to enable us to continue our community outreach work. It will allow us to keep our personnel employed and provided for our rangers, rhino and chimpanzee caretakers, tourist guides and community outreach officers. It will help us keep core functions of the organisation going. Your contribution is the most valuable thing you can do to protect the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa going during this crisis.
It is the greatest pandemic of our lives. Our anticipated downturn to maintain our basic operations is USD 1.8m; we do not have the revenues at the moment to sustain ourselves. Therefore, your contributions today will help us keep welfare of our wildlife and ecosystem safe and protected. This includes providing the highest level of care in keeping endangered species protected and safe. So support us now to ride the wave.
Ol Pejeta's Annual Report
Saving the Northern White Rhinos