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

Houston Zoo 2016 Wildlife Warrior Award Winner

01 December 2016 in Hirola Conservation Programme

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…

Education

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,…

HUMAN WILDLIFE CONFLICT ON THE RISE

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…

Hirola Habitat Restoration Project

26 January 2016 in Events

In May 2016, we have launched community based hirola habitat restoration project that aims at restoring grasslands in areas where hirola persist currently as well as future reintroduction sites. Between 1985 and 2012, tree cover increased 300% across the historic…

The invading zebras of Ijara.

21 February 2015 in Hirola Conservation Programme

The strike was swift and lethal. One heavy blow to the head was all it took to ascertain his authority and regain his dominance. Blood flowed freely and it was obvious death was imminent. We all watched as mere spectaters…

Herders for Hirola

05 October 2014 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Somali pastoralists, their livestock and hirola co-occur within the hirola range in eastern Kenya. These pastoralists constitute the most neglected group in the conservation of hirola. Most individuals herd their livestock everyday for 6-8 hours, meaning they spend more time…

THE BUFFALO ENCOUNTER.

18 July 2014 in Hirola Conservation Programme

The day was bright and peaceful, nothing short of beautiful could define the early morning sun as it showered us with its rays, but nothing could possibly prepare me for what I would encounter later that day. I was to…

GARISSA COUNTY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

20 February 2014 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Hirola Conservation program manager and founder Mr. Abdullahi H. Ali has been awarded by the Garissa County Government for his outstanding efforts in biodiversity conservation in Northeastern Kenya.Mr. Ali was awarded for his significant contribution for species conservation in the…

2013 HORNADAY AWARD

25 November 2013 in Hirola Conservation Programme

The recipient of the 2013 American Society of Mammalogist William T. Hornaday Award is Mr. Abdullahi Hussein Ali. The William T. Hornaday Award is awarded to a student who has made a significant contribution to the conservation of mammals and…