THE RHINO ARK
Rhino Ark was established in 1988 as a charitable trust to help save Kenya’s Black Rhino population in the Aberdare ecosystem. The rhino were under severe threat from rampant poaching for their highly valued horn. Wildlife would invade the farms bordering the park, destroying crops and occasionally killing people. The resulting fear and aversion towards wildlife worked in favour of poachers who got easy access since the local community saw no value in protecting either the wildlife or the forest habitat.
Rhino Ark’s formation was specifically to assist the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to build an electric fence along sections of the Aberdare National Park on its Eastern Salient which has the highest concentration of wildlife and borders directly onto farmland. The fence has brought harmony around the area and farmers now can enjoy peaceful sleep at night without fear of losing their lives, crops and homes.
Over the years, Rhino Ark’s work has evolved and expanded to include support for various community based conservation initiatives such as the Bongo Surveillance Programme designed to offer long-term solutions to the conservation of mountain forest ecosystems.
1989 - Aberdare Electric Fence construction started
28 August 2009 - Aberdare Electric Fence construction completed
12 March 2010 - Aberdare Electric Fence formally commissioned by H.E. Mwai Kibaki, the President of the Republic of Kenya
11 May 2012 - Aberdare Trust launched by the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya.
July 2012 - Mt. Kenya Electric Fence construction started
6 September 2012 - Launch of the Mt. Kenya Electric Fence by Hon. Njeru Githae, Minister for Finance
March 2013 – Eburu Electric Fence construction started
26 November 2014 – Eburu Electric Fence (43.3 km long) construction completed
Rhino Ark is registered as a Charity in Kenya, UK (Charity No. 1047083) and USA (with IRC 501 (c) 3 Status).
THE RHINO CHARGE
The Rhino Charge is an annual off-road motorsport competition that has been held in Kenya since 1989. It is a unique and exciting competition that requires bravery and a high level of skill in off-road driving and navigation.
The Rhino Charge is a fund raising event organized by Rhino Ark to raise money for its conservation projects, including the world renowned Aberdare Electric Fence Project.
Find out more about the Rhino Charge at http://www.rhinocharge.co.ke/
CAR 62, MAGNATE CHARGERS
Car 62 is a participating entry in the Rhino Charge, who won the award for the HIGHEST FUNDRAISER in 2016. The team, backed by Magnate Ventures is extremely passionate about conservation of Kenya's ecosystem and works hard at raising funds for the Rhino Ark Foundation.
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