Speaking at Prize-giving, Monica Kalenda, KFS Ag.
Chief Conservator of Forests, noted the conservation achievements made by
fencing the Aberdares, Mount Kenya and Mount Eburu.
She highlighted that the fences have transformed the life of the
forest-adjacent communities who previously were heavily affected by
She also noted that the Kenya Forest Service is ready to work closely with
partners and invited the entire Rhino Charge fraternity to join the Kenya Forest
Service in their efforts to increase the forest cover in the country to 10 per
cent as stipulated in the Constitution.
Reflecting upon the 30 Anniversary of the Rhino Charge, Julius Kimani, KWS
Ag. Director General expressed his amazement by the journey traveled so far and
the changes that have taken place since the humble beginning of the first Rhino
Charge in 1989.
Christian Lambrechts, Executive Director of Rhino Ark, highlighted Rhino
Ark’s achievements over the past 30 years which are the demonstration of what
can be done when people come together with determination:
• Over 620 kilometres of electric fence have been completed;
• Some 80,000 households are now benefiting from the
protective functions of the fences Rhino Ark has built so far.
They can now live in peace and in harmony with the forest and its
surveillance flights are conducted above Mount Kenya, the Aberdares, and
South Western Mau, enabling Rhino Ark and its partners to detect illegal
activities and mount joint operations;
• Conservation curricula have been developed and
implemented in the 32 primary and secondary schools surrounding Mount Eburu.
These curricula provide a model for the Government towards establishing a
national conservation curriculum for all levels of education;
• Two wildlife corridors have been established, one
linking Aberdares to Kipipiri Hill and the other one on private land
connecting Eburu Forest to Lake Naivasha.
In the Eburu-Lake Naivasha corridor, the construction of the first
wildlife overpass in Kenya is in the planning stage;
• A third wildlife corridor connecting the two
mountains of Central Kenya, Aberdares and Mt. Kenya, is progressing well;
Science has now been brought at the centre of Rhino Ark operations.
Together with partners, Rhino Ark recently undertook the most extensive
elephant censuses and forest health surveys ever undertaken on Mount Kenya, the
Aberdares and the entire Mau Forests Complex.
Rhino Ark plans to repeat those surveys every three years to keep under
review the state of these forests and the wildlife therein.
Results of the 2018 Rhino Charge are available at
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