Improved Security and Monitoring of Black Rhinos in Tsavo West National Park’s Intensive Protection Zone

Improved Security and Monitoring of Black Rhinos in Tsavo West National Park’s Intensive Protection Zone

Markus Hofmeyr
Grantee Tsavo Trust
Type Protected Area Management
Location Kenya
Species Black Rhino
Grant Amount $60,000
Duration 1 year

Historically, more black rhinos were found in Tsavo than anywhere else in the world, but aggressive poaching during the 1970s and 1980s reduced their number to less than 20 individuals. Tsavo West National Park (TWNP) Intensive Protection Zone has been identified as the most viable area to recover rhinos and help the Kenyan government achieve its goal of 2,000 individuals in the wild by 2050. With funding from the RRF, this project targets the conservation of the Key 1 black rhino population in TWNP in southern Kenya through ongoing monitoring, increased aerial and ground observations, and deployment of anti-poaching units to reduce illegal wildlife crime.