The rhinoceros received its name from the Ancient Greeks, which literally translated means ‘nose horn’
Rhino horn is made out of keratin, the same fibrous proteins found in our nails and skin
A rhino horn can be worth $60,000 a kilo on the black market
Rhinos once roamed Africa in their millions. Tragically, the lust for their horn has seen them nearly wiped out entirely in our recent past. At the turn of the twentieth century, less than 100 white rhinos remained. During the 1970s and 80s large scale poaching saw black rhinos drop by a staggering 96% to 2,410 individuals in 1995.
Thankfully, focused conservation efforts have seen rhino populations recover, although black rhino remain ‘critically endangered’ and white rhino ‘near threatened’. Today, the population of black rhino is around 5,500 individuals. Importantly, their geographic range has also increased as they are re-introduced into areas that had previously seen them wiped out.
MARA RHINO RANGERS
The area around Sala’s Camp is lucky enough to have the largest naturally occurring group of black rhinos left in Kenya. A team of Rhino Rangers are employed 24 hours a day to monitor and protect these vulnerable creatures from poachers. For every guest that stays at Sala’s Camp, we donate US$ 5 to support the Rhino Rangers’ training programmes, repair their cars, buy new uniforms and provide vital equipment for their work.
Black rhino were first brought to Solio Ranch in 1970 and since then it has become the most successful rhino breeding sanctuary in East Africa.
The history of this pioneering sanctuary began when it was purchased in 1966 as a cattle ranch by American-born Courtland Parfet. Passionate about conservation, he fenced off a large area to protect the indigenous wildlife, including buffalo, zebra, gazelle and leopard. In 1970, Parfet was called upon by the Kenya Wildlife Service to help temporarily house five black rhinos which had been left isolated as a result of the prolific poaching at the time. By 1980 Solio had become home to 27 rhinos from nine different areas of the country, as well as a founder herd of 16 white rhino re-located from South Africa.
Solio’s rhino population swiftly prospered and as other National Parks and private game reserves grew more secure, Solio became the source for moving nucleus populations of rhino all over Kenya, Uganda and Malawi. Over 150 rhino bred at Solio, both black and white, have been used to re-populate Lake Nakuru National Park, Lewa Downs, Meru National Park, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Ol Jogi.
The Safari Collection has been an exclusive tourism partner to Solio Ranch for the last seven years since Solio Lodge was built. Each and every guest staying at the lodge is making a vital contribution to the continuing success of Solio Rhino Sanctuary.
HOW CAN I HELP PROTECT RHINOS ?
A donation to the Mara Rhino Rangers can go a long way in helping them to carry out their vital conservation work of this vulnerable creature.
$1,300 can buy a new car radio for communications.
$45,000 can purchase a new vehicle needed for ranger patrols.
$100 buys a new uniform for one ranger to help them have the best possible equipment for their difficult job.
$250 funds a ranger’s salary for one month to help protect these critically endangered animals.
UK donations can be tax deductible through registered charity status.
100% of all donations are used towards community and conservation projects, there are no hidden costs or expenses deducted.
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