Protecting the wildlife from commercial poaching.
Elephant ivory and rhino horn now rivals gold for value and the greed of a wealthy elite in East Asia has seen one of the worst poaching spikes in Kenya’s history. Borana’s anti-poaching security team now numbers over 100 men, who are continually trained and are deployed day and night to provide the eyes and ears to make sure that our wildlife is safe.
Borana’s wildlife security consists of two facets: The armed anti-poaching unit and the scouts who monitor the wildlife. The scouts numbering 42 men operate in the daytime. They patrol designated zones, reporting in sightings and tracks of rhino to the monitoring supervisors as well as performing daily game counts. They patrol in all conditions, and are crucial to not only the in-depth knowledge of the wildlife on the conservancy, reporting injured or sick animals, but also the daily whereabouts of the rhino, and subsequently allow for the efficient deployment of the armed anti-poaching team. The anti-poaching team operates almost exclusively at night, with the exception of special operations with specific intelligence reports. They consist of rapid response teams in a vehicle, and two-man standing patrols that are deployed where rhino were last sighted. They are issued with government weapons (7.62mm HK G3’s or FN’s) and are the last line of defense against poaching.
All these men operate in tough conditions, and cover vast areas on foot each day. In order to do this they need top-quality clothing that is suited to the warm days, cold nights and tough terrain.
The third facet ofcourse are the members of the local community, without whose help and support we would find it very difficult to give safety to the wildlife.