Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta Conservancy spans over 110,000 acres in the Ewaso-Samburu ecosystem in northern Kenya. With over 14,000 animals, it is home to the critically endangered eastern black rhino and the last two northern white rhinos on Earth. The conservancy is currently participating in a ground-breaking bio-rescue project, developing northern white rhino embryos and transferring them to surrogate mothers in a bid to save the species from extinction. In addition to this pioneering work, the conservancy is one of only five sites in Africa to make the IUCN Green List, an award of excellence in managing natural areas.
Erratic weather and increasing drought have devastated Kenyan ecosystems in recent years. In 2022, the two main rivers around Ol Pejeta, Ewaso Nyiro and Ngobit, dried up. This not only affected wildlife in Ol Pejeta but had serious impacts on the local communities who depend on these rivers for their livelihoods and wellbeing.
March to the Top has partnered with Ol Pejeta to improve water resources across the landscape through the provision of new pipelines and borehole rehabilitation. Funds provided rainwater harvesting facilities and water storage tanks. Further water treatment improved water quality for facilities across the conservancy.
WHY IT MATTERS
A lack of water drives wildlife to migrate outside protected areas, creating opportunities for poachers. Those animals that remain must compete for water resources provided by the conservancy and extracted by borehole infrastructure. Investment in this infrastructure ensures access to water for wildlife and employees of the conservancy; those carrying-out the vital tasks of conservation. Using water from boreholes onsite leaves natural resources (rivers and springs) available for the surrounding communities.
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