Hirola Conservation Programme:

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.

Hirola Conservation Programme Blog

women group training blog

15 June 2017 in Hirola Conservation Programme

In an effort to diversify income for communities surrounding our conservancies, The Hirola Conservation Programme has started a new initiative to work with Somali women to identify alternative livelihoods for locals. While we have identified several projects that we could…

Crocodiles terrorize villagers by preying on humans

14 June 2017 in Events

Not a month that passes by without the news of a missing person in villages surrounding the Bura East Conservancy. Late this month, locals from Bura village were disturbed by news of yet another crocodile attack along the banks of…

The Hirola is the world’s rarest antelope. Here’s how it can be saved

26 May 2017 in Hirola Conservation Programme

The Hirola is the world's rarest antelope. Here's how it can be saved The Hirola, endemic to north-east Kenya and south-west Somalia, is the world’s most endangered antelope. It faces huge survival challenges but all is not lost. The Conversation…

Up close encounters with the African painted dogs

10 May 2017 in Hirola Conservation Programme

The African Wild dogs aka the painted dogs as they are called are exciting to see in the wild. For the month of April, we are happy to report another wild dog sighting in one of our conservancies following numerous…

Ranger’s battle to keep hirola and giraffes off the Kenyan dinner tables

21 April 2017 in Events

It looked like something was holding its neck about sixteen feet above the ground. It was struggling to get it off. With curiosity, Siyat and his colleagues nimbly approached the scene to determine what was happening. They knew they had…

Former Hirola antelope killer turns into anti-poaching crusader

28 February 2017 in Events

We are delighted to share the story of one of our field rangers, a reformed wildlife poacher-cum-ranger, Mr. Aden Mohamed Guhad (44yrs), a Somali married with six kids and from Bura township. He does not have any formal education and…

Houston Zoo 2016 Wildlife Warrior Award Winner

01 December 2016 in Events

Mr. Ali Hassan is from the Malakote community (non-Somali), restricted to the banks of Tana river in eastern Kenya. Unlike the Pastoral Somalis, the Malakote are hunters-gatherers group and more recently practice subsistence farming. Mr. Ali is a retired teacher…

Antelope, giraffe, hippo conference 2017

05 October 2016 in Events

The antelope, giraffe, hippo conference is a conference set to promote conservation activities in Africa and highlight the positive results of conservation efforts in African countries. The conference connects in situ and ex situ research and conservation of antelopes, giraffes…


20 May 2016 in Hirola Conservation Programme

One of our core conservation functions includes capacity building and technical advice to local communities. In this regard, we conduct an intensive outreach programme consisting of lectures, video shows and public discussions on hirola conservation. We also conduct educational seminars,…


18 February 2016 in Hirola Conservation Programme

The historical hirola range covers ~17000 km2 spanning across southern Garissa in eastern Kenya. Until the 1980’s, these rangelands were amongst the most productive pastures in Africa and the inhabitants were mostly pastoralists who relied on their livestock for livelihood.…

Hirola Conservation gets smart with SMART conservation Apps

13 February 2016 in Events

Our conservation efforts were recently bolstered by the adoption of SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool, www.smartconservationsoftware.org) and CyberTracker (www.cybertracker.org) softwares. SMART is an efficient conservation tool that measures, evaluates and improves the effectiveness of wildlife law enforcement patrols and…

Solar charger and lighting for hirola rangers

26 January 2016 in Events

In January 2016 we secured solar lighting and mobile-phone charging kit for hirola rangers and the surrounding community. This has been a major issue for our rangers and community members who for years were not able to use phones and…