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White Rhino pictured by @RobertAlai around Lake Nakuru

As news broke that one of the most rare species of the Rhinos nears extinction, questions are being asked about what the people charged with conservations are doing with the money entrusted to the. One such body is Kenya Wildlife Service and another which is a charity is the Rhino Ark Trust.

The Rhino Ark Trust has been holding annual charity events to raise funds for conservations. Using common sense, their use of a Rhino in their branding would make you think that they even focus on the endangered animals. This year alone, the trust raised over Ksh 102 million after holding the annual Rhino Charge racing.

A male white rhino, called Suni, who was “probably the last male capable of breeding,” died in the Ol Pejeta reserve in Kenya leaving behind only six of the very rare rhinos left. The animals are hunted by poachers in central and east Africa for their horns, which are highly prized for traditional Chinese medicine.

The Czech zoo is the only one in the world to have succeeded in breeding the sub-species in captivity. An autopsy is under way, but officials are certain poachers did not kill Suni, as the animal was monitored around the clock.

Suni was one of two males and two females from Dvur Kralove zoo in Czech republic reintroduced into the wild in Kenya in 2009, in an operation dubbed “the last chance of survival.” It was hoped that the females’ hormones would normalise in the wild, but even attempts at assisted conception failed.

  • Paul Udoto

    Good questions and concern. The Rhino Charge donations are used in conservation of Kenya’s key water towers of Mau, Mt Kenya and Aberdare, some of which host rhinos. The Rhino Ark funding has been particularly useful in fencing of these mountain areas which are habitats for wildlife. Of course, Kenya Wildlife Service rangers are on 24/7. The case of Northern White Rhinos was almost inevitable and cannot be blamed on anybody. KWS veterinary doctors are conducting post mortem examination to determine the cause of the rhino death.