On the 26th of August, Borana Wildlife Conservancy, in Kenya's northern Laikipia district, began the historic translocation of 21 black rhino from Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Lake Nakuru National Park, an operation three years in the making. Eleven of the black rhino came from Lewa, which connects to Borana, creating a fully integrated ecosystem for these endangered animals. This is the first time in over 40 years rhino have roamed Borana's land, now the youngest rhino sanctuary in the world.
While poaching remains the greatest threat for black rhino today, lack of space and land congestion also threatens the species. Lewa reached its capacity of 110 rhino, and this relocation will decongest the land and create a better environment for the populations of Lewa and Lake Nakuru to thrive, while providing a balanced male and female founder population on Borana with the ever-present hope of saving the species.
Other wildlife in Borana include the unique northern subspecies of reticulated giraffe, endangered Grevy's zebra, the gerenuk, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and occasionally wild dog, among many other species. On this private conservancy, Borana Lodge is the flagship camp with only 8 cottages, and the nearby, private bush home, Laragai House, is ideal for groups and families.
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