Rhino and Chimpanzee Conservation
From a working cattle ranch in colonial Kenya, to a trailblazer of conservation innovation - the story of Ol Pejeta is as enchanting as it is inspirational. Our trustees have contributed to the Sweetwaters chimpanzee sanctuary and northern white rhino breeding programme following a visit in 2016.
Today, Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa, and home to three of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a Sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya, and still manages a very successful livestock programme. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians.
The Ol Pejeta-initiated ‘Project to End Great Ape Slavery’ continues to uncover the dark secrets -behind the illegal trade in chimpanzees, and work with local authorities in Africa and the Middle East to crack down on trafficking. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Ol Pejeta acts as a refuge for chimpanzees rescued from the trade. Just as importantly, it also serves as a platform to raise awareness about an industry that is devastating the last remaining wild chimp populations