Business Daily Africa

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12th October 2018

Tracking mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and Congo has been talked about world over, but few know about following black rhinos in Samburu’s Sera Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya.

At the community-owned Sera Conservancy, we started the unique and thrilling journey of tracking rhinos at 6am because the animals generally sleep during the day to escape the scorching heat.  Read the article

Glint Magazine, UK

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31st August 2018

A new lodge in the wild Sera conservancy in Northern Kenya has unveiled the first black rhino tracking on foot safari in East Africa, combining GPS positioning and traditional bushcraft. Lydia Bell reports for Glint Perspectives

My Samburu guide, Joseph Lekalaile, who has been tracking wild animals in the bush since he was eight years old, and is as sharp as a razor, issues a concise stream of instructions: “The black rhino are about 200 or 300 metres from here,” he says.  Read the article

Nomad Magazine

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August 2018

The ranger comes to a halt and lifts the GPS transmitter a little above his head, and we all listen with bated breath for a signal being sent from the microchip implanted in the horn of the black rhino we have been tracking for the past half hour. Joseph- our Samburu guide- shakes a small cloth dispersing ash particles into the air, a method that was traditionally used in the bush to tell wind direction in order to keep one’s natural scent away from the rhino’s strong olfactory sense.

National Geographic

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March 2018

We crept through arid bushland, pushing aside prickly commiphora bushes and avoiding the sandy soil that crunched noisily underfoot. When we were 30 meters away from a creature that has lived on earth for 50 million years, we stopped. A sandgrouse erupted noisily from a whistling thorn tree and Loicharu’s feathered ears twitched, rotated and twitched again. Read the article

Spear’s Magazine – UK

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February 2018

It’s surprising how loudly your heart appears to thump in your chest when your survival depends on silence. Treading stealthily through sun-scorched scrub in the Sera Conservancy in northern Kenya, I’m conscious of every quickening beat, and flinch at each clumsy crunch, as parched branches and leaves underfoot betray me. A few paces ahead my Samburu guide, Sammy Lemiruni, is shaking an incongruous, ash-filled knotted sock to reveal the direction of the wind, and soundlessly signalling directions: walk in single file; stay quiet; crouch behind a tree and then, with considerably more resolve: Do. Not. Move.

Financial Times Online – How to Spend It

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 4th February 2018

The black rhino has been hunted to near extinction, with only 5,000-5,400 now left in the wild. Recent conservation initiatives have seen numbers inch upwards, but the future of the species still hangs in the balance. In 2015, in northern Kenya, the Sera Rhino Sanctuary opened as the first community conservancy in east Africa dedicated to the protection of the black rhino. Read the article

Xpose IE – Ireland

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24th January 2018

A quiet corner of northern Kenya offers East Africa’s first black rhino tracking experience. Sarah Marshall visits the pioneering community-owned project and goes in search of one of the world’s most endangered species. Crushing my body tightly against a boulder, I’m frightened to even breathe. Like the final moments in a thrilling blockbuster shoot out, I know at some point I’ll have to move; the question is not if, but when. Read the article