Wildlife in the area is threatened by commercial poaching for ivory, rhino horn and bushmeat. Local communities may also retaliate when they lose crops or livestock to wild animals.
Borana combats these threats with practical actions ranging from installation of electric fencing for protecting crops to promotion of community-led conservation organisations. It also conducts regular ranger patrols and provides support for local schools and health clinics. One of the key species it protects is the critically endangered black rhino. In 2013 it introduced 21 individuals to its land, including 11 from the neighbouring Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Tusk has supported Borana with essential equipment for its team of rangers, which monitors and protects the rhino. The team operates in tough conditions and all weathers so Tusk, together with the Safaricom Marathon, provided high-quality boots and wet weather equipment that allows them to continue their vital work comfortably and effectively.
The threat of devastating rhino horn poaching is always imminent. Continuous support is needed to maintain protection efforts at full capacity to keep these animals safe.
Image Credits: Elephant © Brittany Mumma and Oryx © Dirk Collins