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Combating Rhino Poaching in Ol Pejeta

Jul 16 2020
How EarthRanger helps rangers at Ol Pejeta work toward a future where 2,000 rhinos roam freely in Kenya
Photo courtesy Jaymin Patel

Situated at the foothills of the Aberdares range and Mount Kenya, Ol Pejeta Conservancy provides sanctuary for the incredibly diverse wildlife living in the Conservancy including rhinos, chimpanzees, elephants, oryxes, giraffes and zebras.

In an area of roughly the size of Detroit or Philadelphia, Ol Pejeta is home to 18% of Kenya’s rhinos. This marks the single largest breeding population of rhinos, an animal that is both deeply connected to Kenyan national pride and one of the most intensively protected species in the country and throughout the continent. Vulcan’s conservation program focuses on helping organizations leverage technology to safeguard the biodiversity of their protected areas. Seeing rhino populations grow and thrive in Ol Pejeta is an important part of that commitment to conservation. 

Protecting Biodiversity
Ol Pejeta is home to 135 of the world's critically endangered black rhinos. Photo courtesy of Ian Aitken.
Patrolling Vast Distances
Ol Pejeta teams must protect almost 400 sq km of the protected area. Photo courtesy of Ol Pejeta. 
Using Real-Time Data
Ranger at the Ol Pejeta operations room. Photo courtesy of Ol Pejeta.
There is a deep sense of responsibility in the measures that Ol Pejeta Conservancy takes in protecting both the wildlife and its staff. This responsibility reflects in their desire to be efficient with the use of resources, but also in their approach to using and vetting technology for deployment for their anti-poaching efforts. This mirror’s Vulcan’s approach to providing scalable technology solutions for protected areas that support anti-poaching efforts and promote human-wildlife coexistence. With products like EarthRanger, we hope to offer parks a system that is scalable, functional. and flexible.