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

Seedbank Study

03 December 2018 in Hirola Conservation Programme

The world over, billions of acres of arid and semi-arid lands play host to plants that produce dormant seeds. This seed dormancy allows the plants to have delayed germination until such a time that there are environmental conditions that encourage…

Conservation Education

03 December 2018 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Many school going children within the northern frontier counties, have little to no knowledge of the drylands extraordinary landscape and wildlife; especially the knowledge about the worlds most endangered antelope, the hirola. In order to improve the wildlife knowledge amongst…

Island Setup

03 December 2018 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Firstly, setting up of these islands necessitated holding of Community awareness programs and focus group discussions on how these restoration grass islands would be of benefit to the local community in the long run. This were held with the help…

Habitat Restoration

03 December 2018 in Hirola Conservation Programme

90% of the communities living within the hirola rangelands depend on their land and natural resources for their livelihoods and well-being. However, in recent decades they have been facing increasing pressures i.e. a growing population, break-down in traditional nomadic structures…

Human-Carnivore conflicts on the rise

13 September 2018 in Hirola Conservation Programme

On Monday (September 3,2018), Kenya wildlife service's rangers in conjunction with the Bura East conservancy scouts and Kenya forestry service, tracked two problem lions that had caused havoc in parts of the hirola’s range. This search came after it was…

Giraffes and humans battle for the Tana river.

01 August 2018 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Human wildlife conflict is a hindrance to conservation efforts. Despite efforts made to conserve wildlife globally, human wildlife conflict is one of the contemporary threats hindering wildlife conservation. Conflicts exists between human and wildlife whom with contrasting interests have little…

Drought to floods cycle

12 May 2018 in Hirola Conservation Programme

The last three months have seen our region experience the worst flood ever recorded, second only to the disastrous El Nino of 1997. The current rains, previously considered a blessing, quickly degenerated into a natural disaster. The heavy rains led…


10 April 2018 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Referred to as ‘Scotland with lions’ the Aberdare ranges (Kenya) not only forms a section of the Great Rift Valley but it also gives rise to the longest river in Kenya. Flowing over 900km and through the snow-capped Mount Kenya,…

Hirola's display of might and fight

15 February 2018 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Hirola have been described as graceful, majestic and elegant but they can be vicious especially when protecting their territories. The adult male hirola have been observed to secure, hold and vigorously defend their territories. Hirola exist in social groups that…

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…