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Security & Monitoring

Security & Monitoring

Scarce resources often drive demand to unparalleled heights. China and Vietnam are the predominant drivers for the demand of rhino horn and black-market prices have reached as much as US$65,000.00 per kilogram for rhino horn in 2012. Similarly, ivory prices have increased by 300% between 2011 and 2012. The knock-on effect is a frenzy of opportunistic poachers who will stop at nothing to reap the rewards of killing rhinos, elephant and other wildlife and selling the associated product.

Ol Jogi is taking the lead in this fight against wildlife crime and we endeavour to be a model for conservation not only in Kenya but in the world. We consistently evolve our policies and techniques in order to remain competitive and ahead of the game.

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Techniques
In all the countries and other areas within Kenya that host rhinos, different monitoring levels and techniques are applied. At Ol Jogi we attribute significant resources and effort to rhino monitoring and we pride ourselves as being at the forefront of world monitoring; on average we sight every one of our sixty four rhinos every day, 365 days a year (ASF of 1.00). Some of the techniques used but not limited to are:

VHF horn transmitters incorporated into the horn to allow for tracking.
A significant task force of rangers, situated on hill tops, ground patrol and in vehicles.
Utilisation of aircraft several times a week.
Cross-checking system of identification of rhinos
Annual ID photographic database of all rhinos.
Ear-notching system for further identification and to ‘sync’ to the ‘National Identity Number’ system of KWS.
GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates of all individuals that are incorporated into GIS software mapping for home ranges.