Ol Pejeta Conservancy
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Ol Pejeta Conservancy
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is located in the Laikipia Area and is the largest black rhino sanctuary in the region. Major role of this Conservancy is to conserve endangered species. Wildlife is secured by an electric fence and armed patrol at all times
The two remaining northern white rhinos, a subspecies of white rhino, in the world are housed in this conservancy. There are 11 southern white rhinos in the Conservancy. From this statistics, one can tell southern species is the common white rhino seen in most game sanctuaries.
Black rhinos are smaller than white rhinos. Though they are differentiated by use of black and white, there is no colour difference between them at all. In fact none of them is white neither black, they are browner than the colours they are named after.
Black rhinos use their hooked lip to browse shrubs – and prefer thick bush habitat. They are generally more solitary and shy than white rhino, and have a reputation for being more aggressive.
Jane Goodall Institute established a Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Ol Pejeta to provide refuge to rescued chimpanzees. It is the only place in Kenya visitors can see a chimpanzee. It is possible to adopt one of them and help in conservation.
Apart from black rhino and chimpanzee, other rare and endangered species found in Ol Pejeta are Grevy’s zebra and Bat-eared fox.
As a way of ensuring sustainability, Ol Pejeta has a cattle ranch. This provides symbiotic relationship with wildlife in the sense that grass doesn’t grow tall therefore animals move freely. Grazers avoid long grass for safety reason. Cattle also provide manure for growth of healthy grass. Funds obtained from the sale of the cattle are plowed back in to community and conservancy projects.
With over 130 endangered black rhinos, a Chimpanzee Sanctuary under Jane Goodall Institute, six resident prides with over 72 lions, 30 cheetahs and 20 leopards, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is one of the best animal sanctuaries to visit.
Mount Kenya is next to the Conservancy. In the morning when it is not cloudy, visitor get fantastic view of the mountain from the comfort of their rooms.
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