saving the world's most endangered antelope
Promotes the conservation of the hirola antelope and its fragile habitat in partnership with communities in eastern Kenya.
The Hirola Conservation Programme (HCP) is a non-governmental organization based in Garissa County, Kenya. The HCP is primarily dedicated to promoting conservation of hirola antelope (Beatragus hunteri) in eastern Kenya. The project resulted from a global concern about declining hirola populations coupled with limited conservation effort for hirola. HCP started as an individual effort in 2005 following my recruitment into the national hirola management committee and then a small community based organisation in 2008 and was formally registered as non-profit organisation in 2014. This is because hirola occurs outside formally protected area and therefore a strong in-situ programme was identified as the ultimate solution to curb on-going hirola declines.
Our Vision: Establish and sustain a conservation programme to make lasting contributions to the future of hirola antelope and of local communities within the hirola's geographic range.
Our Mission: To protect and increase the numbers and distribution of hirola through participatory conservation, education, community involvement and international support.We recognize that conservation is a multi-stakeholder initiative and does not occur in isolation.
Our objective is to undertake a holistic approach that will permit the long-term co-existence of conservation and pastoral livelihoods in eastern Kenya.
In 2011, in collaboration with our international partners we have scaled up our programme to focus on: training and employment of communities to protect and monitor hirola, habitat restoration and protection and community education.
The programme has an advisory board to give technical guidance and they include but not limited to: Renee Bumpus (Conservation Programs Manager, Houston Zoo), Dr. Jacob R. Goheen (Professor of Zoology, University of Wyoming), Dr. David Mallon, (Co- Chair,IUCN SSP Antelope Specialist Group), Dr. Charles Musyoki, Conservation Scientist, Head of Species Conservation, Kenya Wildlife Service), Dr. Rajan Amin (Senior Conservation Biologist, Zoological Society of London) and Dr. Martha Fischer (Chair, AZA Antelope and Giraffe TAG and Coordinator, Associations of Zoos and Aquariums).