World Rhino Day 2018 - Spotlight on Sera

This World Rhino Day, we celebrate Sera - the first community conservancy in east Africa (likely the whole of Africa) to establish a black rhino breeding sanctuary, and an instrumental chapter in the rapidly changing narrative of endangered species conservation in Kenya.

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Sophie Harrison
For Rangers: Grueling Ultimate Marathon Fundraiser for Those on the Front Line

For Rangers are a dedicated group of individuals who undertake ultra-endurance events across the globe to raise funds and awareness for rangers, who risk their lives daily to protect Africa’s endangered species. Their latest challenge - a five-day ultra marathon across five conservancies in north Kenya - covering a total distance of 220km in blistering heat and harsh terrain. 

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Sophie Harrison
NRT Quarterly: May - August 2018

Meet one of the first female drivers in an NRT member conservancy, find out about the marine rangers' new skills at NRT-Coast, and learn about how our radio initiative is reaching thousands of conservancy members from the Samburu, Gabra and Borana communities

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Sophie Harrison
A Partnership for Peace & Security: Kenya Police College Offer Ranger Training to NRT

Rangers in NRT member community conservancies work closely with the Kenya Police to protect wildlife and people. This collaboration has enabled security teams to work together with communities to have a landscape level impact on poaching, stock theft, and conflict – far greater than any one organisation could have alone. To this end, the Kenya Police College offered a ranger training session in August, for rangers from NRT conservancies, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Borana Conservancy. 

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Sophie Harrison
Rhino Calf Born in Sera Rhino Sanctuary

On the 16th of August 2018, black rhino Naitamany gave birth to her second calf in the Sera Rhino Sanctuary. Her birth brings the total black rhino population in Sera to 14, and the Sanctuary continues to be a model for community-led endangered species conservation efforts in Kenya.

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Sophie Harrison
Building Businesses in Biliqo-Bulesa

Biliqo-Bulesa has become the fifth conservancy this year to be awarded funding for a micro loan initiative, in a bid to boost local economies and link this to conservation. 108 people in Biliqo-Bulesa (102 of which are women) have received Ksh. 3 million from their conservancy to kick-start new businesses, and start saving. 

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Sophie Harrison
Rescued Rhino Returns to the Wild

A rescued black rhino calf that has spent the last year and a half being hand raised at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary was released back into Sera Community Conservancy on the 6th June in a joint operation between the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Northern Rangelands Trust. 

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Sophie Harrison
Taronga & Sera Conservancy Establish Photo Database of Sanctuary's Endangered Species

A team from Taronga Zoo in Australia have been out in Sera working with rangers to photograph Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe. The 2,000 images they took will be uploaded into a database, and software will be used to help identify individual animals. This will help Sera Conservancy and the NRT Monitoring and Evaluation team estimate how many individual giraffes and zebras live within the Sera Rhino Sanctuary, and monitor the population growth.

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Sophie Harrison
Stolen Cattle Returned in Peaceful Handover Ceremony

28 stolen cattle have been peacefully returned to their rightful owner in the latest handover ceremony - the result of close collaboration between NRT, conservancy teams, the Kenya Police, county government and communities. Stock theft recovery is becoming more common in this landscape thanks to this teamwork.

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Sophie Harrison
Hope for Endangered Primates at the Coast

NRT will be working closely with Ndera Community Conservancy on forest management planning this year to support the conservation of two endangered species endemic to the area. Ndera sits on the banks of the Tana River, close to its convergence with the Indian Ocean, and is home to two of the most endangered primate species in the world; the Tana River Red Colobus and Tana River Mangabey.

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Sophie Harrison