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Poachers Beware!

Upon first glance, the new efforts undertaken by the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on behalf of their wildlife may seem extreme. Pause for a moment, though, and consider this fact: three of six endangered white rhinos left on the planet reside at the reserve. Now, Ol Pejeta’s military-style plan may feel less scary and more necessary.

Teams of Kenyan police reservists are trained to a high level and armed against the threat of poachers. Trained dogs work side-by-side with these men to patrol the reserve’s some 90,000 acres and safeguard the astounding variety of animals at Ol Pejeta in addition to the endangered white rhino, including lions, leopards, zebras, elephants, buffalo, chimpanzees, and hartebeests. And from above, drones monitor the land, alerting the staff to any disconcerting presence or issue. A three-pronged approach to safety may sound complex, but Ol Pejeta will not rest until the day when all wildlife’s survival is guaranteed. Watch the video to learn more about their work!

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Lydia L. lives in Seattle with two sweet, if slightly out of control, dogs. She loves reading, food, and the opportunity to make a difference.