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Rhino Awareness & Protection

 

If wildlife poaching continues this world will be without the Big Five soon!

Therefore we decided to start a Rhino Awareness % Protection program.

On this web page we want to share our ideas and visions with you, and offer solution what can "YOU DO" to assist in Conservation.

During ITB Berlin 2014 Maisha Wirth was declared the Ambassador for Rhino Awareness. We believe that we have to educate the next
generation about the wildlife and the problems of poaching. Maisha will run some programs and activities that are designed for children
and families.

Our ideas for solutions what can be done to foght poaching "Before the shoot".


1. We employ teachers who will teach regularly about Rhinos and the Big Five. These teachers will visit the schools in the vicinity of
protection areas. The teacher will teach every day in a different school.

2. We invite school classes for The Rhino Awareness day at Solio Rhino Conservancy. The first big day for school children from schools
around Solio took place on the 5th June 2014. Together with Maisha Wirt, Frank Wirt and Rhino Scientist Dr. Felix Patton the first
Rhino Awareness Day was celebrated.
We were happy that the international and local Media attention was great. A group of jourmnalists of the 10 most important
newspapaers and wildlife magazines of the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium visited the event in cooperation with Kenya Tourism Board.
Local TV Stations and all big newspapers of kenya reported about this day.

Here is Maisha Wirth who has invited the school classes for the first Rhino Awareness day. The trip was very successfull and all the kids
say their first Rhino during the Game Drive.


While Dr. Felix Patton was giving a class about Rhinos a giraffe appeared at the Solo fency and was the attraction for a while.

The school Childres did choose names for 2 new born Rhino. They named a new born male white Rhino "Kent" and the new born female
black Rhino "KINZA" which means the hidden Treasure.

To name a Rhino Baby creates an emotional connection and isa key experience for live!

Kent on the left and Kinza on the right pic.

Rhino Observation as close as it gets!

The Rhino Watch Safari Lodge kitchen was relocated to Solio Conservancy for the AwarenessDay.

More ideas:

4. We would like to introduce a voluntary Awareness Bonuspayment for Park Rangers.
We, as operators of hotels, lodges or safari company will pay a certain amount too. This money will be used as an extra payment
for the Rangers, to be paid in addition to their income, to show the Rangers, it’s worth to protect the animals and curb corruption.


5. We want to promote the development of technical possibilities to track down the poachers before they kill the animals. For instance drones and satellite monitoring would be the best option since the Rangers usually find the animals long after they have been attacjed and dead.

6. We want to motivate international tour operators to donate a certain amount of eacht sold safari. The tour operator can use this action as an advertisment medium. He should motivate as much people as possible to travel to Kenya. Only if we welcome as many people as possible to travel to Africa and see the Big Five we will get enough funds to involve the local people and make them responsible for the welfare of Rhinos and the other Big Five.

Now the most important question: What can you do to assist in Rhino Conservation?

1. We have created already some special Safaris where our clients can see clearly how much money from the rate will be used for
the Awareness Project. If you book one of this trip you wil participate in an educational Conservatio safari.
click here to see this Safaris

2. You can adopt a Rhino. For an anual fee with a minimum of 50.- USD you are foster parent of one of the Solio Rhinos. ........
click here for more information

3. Like our Rhino Awareness Facebook page and share with your friends.
Click here

4. Do not buy any product thats made from Ivory or Rhino Horn. Tell everybody yoiu know to do so and let them know the numbers of elephants and Rhinos we lost in 2013!

33.000 Elephants lost in Africa in 2014.

more than 1.200 Rhinos list in Africa in 2014 and already more than 400 until June 2014.

The message:

As more visitors we welome in kenya, as more we can do for Conservation. Plerase spread the message, make your family and your friends aware!
We, as a sustanable Wildlife Operator will make sure that everybody that comes to visit our country wil have an unforgettable Safari and leatn as
much as possible about the wildlife you see.
Together we can face the problems of Ivory and Rhino Horn Trade.

 

 

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Stop talking, start planting!
That's the motto of our Rhino Watch Safari Lodge in Kenya. In July 2011 we sponsored the first ‘Plant-for-the-Planet Academy Workshop’
at our property where founder of the organization ‘Plant for the Planet’ Felix Finkbeiner together with our daughter Maisha Wirth and
500 local school children planted hundreds of trees to compensate for our CO2 emissions.

                                                

Maisha also became ambassador for climate justice in Kenya and official representative of ‘Plant for the Planet’. The academy workshop
was held in the church of our neighboring village Mweiga. Among the audience were high- ranking UN Environment representatives and
the Kenyan Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Hon Dr Noah Wekesa. Musician Ayub Ogada was responsible for the music during the academy.
His song "Kothbiro", which means "It will rain” in the Luo language and was used in the movie ‘The Constant Gardener’, brought the entire
audience to a still silence.

 

Felix Finkbeiner travels the world to encourage and educate children around the world to take care of the planet and plant trees.
For more information about his organization ‘Plant for the Planet’ please click here

 


In 2012 Maisha will host several workshops for school children from the Mount Kenya region. The goal is to plant an additional 100,000
trees in Kenya. More important however is to educate the children on how to take care of and protect the trees.

 


The Rhino Watch Safari Lodge was constructed with sustainability being our main priority. Our employees are local people and we
continue to generate new jobs. Waste water produced from the sinks and showers are routed directly to a recycled water system to
be used for the irrigation of our gardens. Waste water from the toilets is organically recycled in two septic tanks and then routed into
a tree plantation. Garbage is separated and sent to recycling facilities. Organic waste is composted or used by local farmers as animal feed. Furthermore, for every liter of fuel that is spent locally or in our other international programs we plant trees at our Rhino watch property.

We are looking forward to welcome you at the Rhino Watch Safari Lodge. All our guests are welcome to plant a tree and to help the
children with their project.