For the past five years, we’ve been working to integrate ICT into schools on our boundaries. This has resulted in significantly improved performance levels in beneficiary schools and huge enthusiasm from teachers who now have access to new learning materials. Most exciting of all is the African Ruggedized Education Solution (ARES) box by our partners Afretech Aid Society. It is a versatile system that allows learners and educators adapt to issues such as such as limited power and internet connectivity as well as the heat and dust. Earlier this month, we held a training day for over 100 teachers on the use ARES box in learning. Thanks to a US$ 130,000 grant from several North American Rotary Clubs and through the Rotary Club of Nairobi North, more community schools will receive the ARES boxes, helping thousands of students access much needed educational information on the internet.
Can you imagine anything more special than having a critically endangered animal named after you? This privilege was most recently given to Bollywood star, model and activist Dia Mirza, who was over the moon when Nduta’s latest calf was named for her. She urged her fans to visit Ol Pejeta and support our work for endangered species.
Would you like a rhino named after you or someone you love? Contact Roxanne to find out more.
The first ever For Rangers Ultra
Laikipia’s first ever ultra marathon took place earlier this month and was a tremendous success. 46 runners from around the world ran 230kms over five days, carrying all their food and sleeping equipment. It’s an incredibly gruelling challenge, which takes months of training and self discipline on top of the marathon itself, over harsh terrain, at altitude, in equatorial heat. The event was organised by For Rangers, in partnership with Beyond the Ultimate and Save the Rhino International. So far, they’ve raised nearly US$ 120,000 which will go towards improving the welfare of rangers. Olympic medalist Eliud Kipchoge was on hand to award the winner all the competitors with their medals.
Are you feeling brave and adventurous? The 2019 For Rangers Ultra is accepting entries right now.
Don’t Miss out on our Photo Workshops
Ol Pejeta and Ian Aitken have worked closely to develop a series of photo workshops to challenge and improve your photographic skills with exclusive access to the behind the scenes working of the award winning Conservancy. This is a world away from the usual tourist scramble.
The next workshop will be held from 26thNovember to 3rd December 2018.
Sign up for our two week Veterinary and Community Volunteer Programme from 22nd October to 5th November 2018. Participants will have a chance to get involved in the care of the last northern white rhinos, participate in the day to day activities at the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary as well as assisting with our ranching operations on the Conservancy.
Ol Pejeta’s prize-winning cattle stole the show at this year’s Livestock Breeders’ event in Nairobi. We were thrilled to take home the prize for Supreme Champion Bull, as well as the Reserve Supreme Champion Heifer and Reserve Pen of Three Heifers. The fat stock auction, attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, exhibited some of the country’s best beef cattle, attracting record bids and much applause from attendants. International judge PJ Budler gave high praise to Kenya’s Boran genetics, drawing attention to the fact that the rest of the world should know more about this country’s spectacular stock.
// for more information on our livestock programme and our magnificent bulls, please contact olpejetabeef
Rock & Stones gives back to rangers
Being a wildlife ranger is certainly not an easy job and it is essential for them to engage in recreational activities. Most of our rangers are avid football fans and some formed a team a few years back. This team has proven to be as successful on the pitch as it is out in the field. Rock & Stones, a Kenyan clothing company and corporate partner of Ol Pejeta Conservancy, recently donated the rangers’ football team a full set of branded uniforms. Needless to say, they were delighted with their new kit and are looking forward to wearing it at their next match. Thank you Rock & Stones!