Talk Africa: Endangered species protection in Kenya

Earth’s biodiversity is in crisis. Scientists predict that if human activity continues without drastic change, between 1/3 and 1/2 of all species will face extinction by the end of this century.

Africa is home to remarkable biodiversity – 1/5 of the world’s mammal, bird, and plant species are found here. Sadly, many of Africa’s enigmatic animals such as elephants, lions, mountain gorillas, pangolins, chimpanzees and rhinos are endangered.

According to WWF’s Living Planet Report, there is an alarming 65% population decline for mammals, fish, amphibians and reptiles in Africa.

So, how do we reverse the trend of biodiversity loss? The Ol Pejeta Conservancy situated near the heart of Kenya, provides a glimmer of hope through its innovative approach towards biodiversity conservation. It is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa, and home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhinos. It is also the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a Sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market.

On this special edition of Talk Africa filmed on location inside the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, we’ll meet some of the characters at the forefront of Africa’s biodiversity conservation effort.