Ol pejata Conservancy, home to two rare Northern White rhinos, 133 black rhinos, 36 chimpanzees and many other animal species is calling for urgent relief to help pay salaries of critical staff and to help feed and take care of the animals.
Since the beginning of this year, the international arrival of visitors, who are the main source of revenue streams for the Ol Pejeta concervancy, was cut off due to travel restrictions in Kenya and world over.
“As COVID-19 makes its way around the globe and Kenya has closed its border, we at Ol Pejeta face an unprecedented crisis. Tourism revenues represent the majority of our income and funds most of our conservation and community work. We now anticipate a shortfall of USD 1.8 million in 2020 for essential operations. The last two northern white rhinos in the world are at risk! Our black rhino population of 133 is at risk. Our 36 chimpanzees are at risk. Please help us keep our organisation afloat”, read their emergency appeal for funds statement on GlobalGiving. ORG
As at 19th June 2020, well wishers had sent it USD77,892 (Approximately Sh8,279,888.44) against a target of USD250,000 (Approximately Sh26,574,900.00)
“It is the greatest pandemic of our lives. Our anticipated downturn to maintain our basic operations is USD 1.8m; we do not have the revenues at the moment to sustain ourselves. Therefore, your contributions today will help us keep welfare of our wildlife and ecosystem safe and protected. This includes providing the highest level of care in keeping endangered species protected and safe. So support us now to ride the wave.”
The tourism sector in Kenya has felt the blunt impact of the Corona virus pandemic which is worth Sh160bn and employs 1.6 million people. The sector contributes about 9 per cent of Kenya’s GDP.