The Rhino Charge is an annual off-road 4×4 competition held in Kenya that raises funds to support the activities of the Rhino Ark Kenya Charitable Trust, an NGO which works towards the conservation and protection of Kenya’s mountain range ecosystems, the so-called “Water Towers”.
The Rhino Charge event that took place on 3rd June 2023, in Nkoteyia, Samburu County, raised a remarkable KES 173 million shillings for the conservation of Kenya’s mountain ecosystems.
*The Upper Tana Natural Resources Management Project’s “Social Economic and Ecological Impact Study” of Wildlife Barriers In The Mt Kenya Ecosystem, Thuchi -Thingithu Rivers in Tharaka Nithi & Meru Counties
The annual Rhino Charge has raised over KSh 1.9 billion for the vital projects managed by Rhino Ark who seek to create a win-win equilibrium that balances the needs of local communities with the goal of protecting nature.
To date Rhino Ark has built 650 km of electric fences and through the fencing programmes, over 80,000 families are being protected from the dangers of human-wildlife conflicts.
Rhino Ark’s electric fences protect critical mountain forests that are the ‘water towers’ of Kenya. These mountain forests are vital ecosystems that support the country’s economic development and the well-being of most Kenyans. Together the Aberdares, Mt. Kenya and the Mau Forest – the three mountain ecosystems where Rhino Ark operates – provide yearly ecological services to Kenya worth a staggering amount of KES 412 billion ($4.12 billion).