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Rhino Charge 2010
30th May - 1st June 2010
The Rhino Charge 2010 is set to take place starting 30th May to 1st June 2010 at Magadi. The three day annual event is an off-road motorsport competition that has been held in Kenya since 1989. This unique and exciting competition requires bravery and a high level of skill in off-road driving and navigation.
The event is held to raise funds for a very noble cause -conservation of Kenya’s Aberdare Ecosystem. The 70 km long Aberdares mountain range, located in Central Kenya, East Africa, is a complex, bio-diverse ecosystem that encompasses over 2,000 square kilometres of national park and forest reserve. Its highest peak, Ol Doinyo Lesatima, towers 4,000 metres above sea level. This rich habitat is home to numerous species of plants and animals that include black rhino, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and the rare, highly endangered mountain bongo antelope. The Aberdares are one of the key water catchment areas of Kenya, providing the headwaters of four of Kenya’s seven major rivers.
The Rhino Charge event over the years led to the creation of the Rhino Ark foundation which is currently the principal tool used for raising funds for these conservation efforts. The Rhino Ark foundation in conjunction with Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forestry Service and other likeminded partners most recently marked the end of a 21 years partnership after the successful completion of the 400 Km Aberdares fence. The longest conservation fence project in the world which was estimated to have costed about Sh 750 million was officially commissioned by HE President Mwai Kibaki on Friday March 12, 2010.
According to Mr Colin Church, Chairman of the Rhino Ark Management Committee, reiterated that the fencing project had created a workable tool for ecosystem management and would go a long way in wildlife management. He also stated that the funds which will be raised from this and other upcoming Rhino Charge events will be used not only for maintaining the fence but would also be used in other conservation projects set to start in the near future.