BENEFITING: ESCAPE FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Jun 24, 2013
Mara Conservancy - Rhino Surveillance Unit
We have already raised $15,000 offline!!
Dr. Asuka Takita and Raabia Hawa are two passionate wildlife conservationists of Asian descent that are embarking on a 600km walk to raise raise awareness and funds for elephants, rhinos and lions.
Dr. Asuka Takita - Asuka will be starting her 300km trek from the Chinese neighborhood in Hurlingham (Nairobi), passing by KWS HQ to Oloololo gate of Mara Triangle (Western part of Masai Mara National Reserve). Asuka's walk will pass through Ngong, Suswa, Naikara, Loita, Siana, Olkinyei, Aitong Mararienda and Oloololo.
In 1970s there were around 120 black rhinos in the entire Masai Mara and this number has dropped to 18 individuals in the 80s. Mara is the only park in Kenya with the original black rhino population, unaffected by reintroductions, and its entire population is currently said to be approximately 20 individuals. The imminent threat to this small population is clearly present in the high demand of rhino horn powder in the Asian market and is reflected in the astounding rhino mortality in South Africa where 668 animals were poached in 2012 alone.
Twelve years ago the Mara Triangle had only one known rhino in its area. Through intense anti-poaching measures, the population has increased to eight, sometimes as many as ten animals. The one female has now had five calves, all have survived, and a number of other animals have migrated into the area and move freely across borders. The funds raised will be directed towards the launch of a specific rhino surveillance unit within the Mara Triangle, to monitor their daily movements, using vehicle, aircraft and telemetry tracking to ensure greater security of this critical population.
We need your help to launch the rhino surveillance unit to protect Mara rhinos from the threat of poaching! Please make a contribution and share this page with your friends and family. All contributions are tax deductible.
$5 provides food ration for one ranger each day
$15 covers one ranger’s wages each day
$20 covers fuel and maintenance cost for patrol car (Suzuki) each day
$90 covers one ranger’s wages for a week
$140 purchases one pair of uniform and boots for one ranger
$180 purchases sleeping bag and mattress for one ranger
$250 purchases one binocular for the monitoring team
$360 covers one ranger’s wages for a month
$360 covers the veterinary drug for putting a tracking device for one rhino
$530 covers the operational cost for putting a tracking device for one rhino
$595 covers fuel and maintenance cost for patrol car for a month
$835 purchases one 4 men tent for the patrol team
$1,000 purchases one tracking transmitter unit for a rhino