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Wildlife Conservation

Wildlife Conservation

Ol Jogi is home to a plethora of wildlife and its conservation goals are diverse. In addition to the 45 Black Rhino and 19 White Rhinos, Ol Jogi hosts as many as 400 elephant depending on the season. 22 species of ungulates, 5 species of large carnivores and diverse small carnivores, 3 species of primates and 310 avian species are also present.

Ol Jogi is circumvented by an electric fence that both restricts rhino movement out of the property and provides a layer of security by restricting human access to Ol Jogi and its wildlife. Whilst the fence serves a critical purpose, it could also create a scenario of restricted movement of all other wildlife species. There are therefore strategically placed “gaps” in the fence that allow for the free movement of all wildlife with the “exception” of rhinos only. The sixteen game corridors in place on Ol Jogi allow wildlife to emigrate from the property in times of drought and immigrate when local circumstances suit them better.

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Management Intervention and Translocations

Ol Jogi is home to sixty four rhinos as well as thousands of other mammals. Every year, we invest millions of dollars into the sustainability and protection of these animals but casualties, management interventions, translocations and immobilisations are inevitable. As conservationists, Ol Jogi’s general policy is to leave nature to take its course, but when faced with artificial problems or protection of endangered species Ol Jogi are obliged to take action.

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is the body bestowed with the responsibility to manage and protect Kenya’s wildlife on behalf of the state and the people of Kenya. It is the KWS who approve and together with Ol Jogi will undertake all translocations of wildlife on, to or from Ol Jogi as required. Translocation can serve a multitude of purposes and are an aspect of artificial management of wildlife. Some of the reasons that translocation might be considered are as follows:

To manipulate genetic diversity within a species,
To reintroduce an indigenous species,
To remove an alien species,
To remove a problem animal(s),
To alleviate habitat pressure caused by a species exceeding carrying capacity.
There are several ways to translocate wildlife and most do involve immobilisation and capture. Individuals and low quantities of wildlife are often darted individually whilst larger numbers are often caught in nets, mass-capture “funnels” and are often ‘driven’ by helicopter. The movements of those sedated and captured animals can occur by vehicle, by air and if distances are small, sometimes wildlife can simply be ‘driven’ from one place to another. Any wildlife immobilisation is a ‘high risk’ undertaking for a number of reasons but Ol Jogi is continually improving management knowledge, techniques and understanding of wildlife capture so as to potentially minimise these risks.
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