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

Meet our de-snaring hero: Yakub Ibrahim

09 November 2017 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Meet Yakub Ibrahim one of our rangers in Bura East conservancy. Yakub (44 yrs.) is a family man and a proud father of eight kids. Prior to joining HCP, he worked as a volunteer scout at the defunct Arawale National…

Our 2016 Houston Zoo wildlife warrior completes his computer training

16 October 2017 in Hirola Conservation Programme

In 2016, Mr. Ali Hassan Ali, also the received the Houston Zoo wildlife warrior award. Facilitated by the award, Ali underwent successful computer training. He recently completed the training and is now conversant in Ms. Word, Ms. PowerPoint, Ms. Excel,…

hirola habitat restoration project updates

16 October 2017 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Our habitat restoration project includes nine experimental plots across three distinct soil where we are determining the ideal conditions necessary to increase grass growth. Using these plots we are testing the response of four native grass species (Cenchrus ciliaris, Enteropogon…

Ravaging drought deepens within the hirola’s geographic range

12 September 2017 in Hirola Conservation Programme

On 10 February 2017, The Government of Kenya declared the ongoing, prolonged drought a National Disaster. Crop production had decreased significantly (e.g. Coastal region experienced a 99% decrease in Maize production), food insecurity had more than doubled (from 1.3 million…


12 September 2017 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Conservation education is one of the main core activities of the Hirola Conservation Programme. This involves an outreach program to schools and visits to communities with an aim of involving them in wildlife conservation. This month, we visited Kotile primary…


06 August 2017 in Hirola Conservation Programme

African elephants (Loxodonta africana) are not new in the hirola’s geographical range. As a matter of fact elephant populations are historically known to occupy these areas until their extermination through poaching in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Their loss from the…


06 August 2017 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Early june this year, reports of a white baby giraffe and its mother were reported to us by the rangers who got the report from one of the villagers adjacent to the Ishaqbini conservancy. We hurriedly headed to the scene…

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…