Fighting Rhino Poaching With Guns, Drones, and Dogs
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya battles the dramatic increase of wildlife poaching with specially trained dogs, cutting-edge drones, and heavily armed response teams. The goal is to do whatever it takes to safeguard the reserve’s populations of elephants, lions, and rhinos, including some extraordinarily endangered northern white rhinos. Only seven of these massive creatures remain, and four of them live at Ol Pejeta, relocated from a zoo in the Czech Republic in 2009 in hopes that they’ll reproduce. In this short film, filmmaker Tom Aveling not only goes behind the scenes at the sanctuary to show how the teams' methods work but also captures stunning footage of the wildlife they’re fighting to save.
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: four of seven 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!