On Thursday, the students traveled to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the world’s largest black rhino sanctuary and home to three of the worlds last remaining northern white rhinos. Ol Pejeta is not only home to these extremely rare rhinos but hundreds of zebra, gazelle, impala, elephants, baboons and even lions! Although not native to Kenya, the students even had the chance to visit Ol Pejeta’s famous chimpanzee sanctuary. Throughout the trip, the students were accompanied by a safari guide, Jackson, who knew everything and anything about all the animals at the conservancy!
One of the first stops made was to the rhino cemetery which recognized all of the rhinos poached on since 2004. This was a very heart-rending experience but extremely important for the students and other visitors to see the impacts of poachers. This allowed the students to see how important it is to have this conservancy by protecting many animals from going extinct.
The students had the opportunity to meet a great black rhino named Baraka! After losing an eye in a fight and the other to a disease, Baraka could never be released back into the wild. He is permanently blind, however, lives happily in a very large enclosure with endless amounts of hay, carrots and lucerne to feed on! Baraka is a fat and happy rhino who simultaneously works as an ambassador for his endangered species. The students were ecstatic to spend the afternoon with Baraka as each of them took turns feeding him.