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200 Buffalos to be moved from Solio Ranch to Aberdare National Park

Date Published: 19 Aug, 2010
200 Buffalos to be moved from Solio Ranch to Aberdare National Park

The KWS Veterinary Department Capture Unit plans to move 600 buffaloes from Solio Ranch to be spread out in two to three phases. The first phase intends to translocate 200 buffaloes to Aberdare National Park.

Kenya Wildlife Service plans to move 200 buffalos from Solio Ranch to the Aberdare National Park. This marks the first phase of the exercise.  Solio Ranch is one of Kenya’s critical rhino habitats that has suffered adverse effects from the prolonged drought requiring immediate action to protect the rhinos from suffering the consequences.    
The ranch is a fenced, privately-owned protected area geared toward rhino conservation. The 7,500-acre reserve, 22 km north of Nyeri Town, plays a major part in the protection and breeding black rhinos in Kenya. The rhino is a member of the ‘Big-Five’, which are a key tourist attraction. Solio Ranch is recognised as one of the most successful private rhino breeding reserves in Kenya. The animals live in harmony with other wildlife, including the buffalo, zebra, giraffe and plains game such as eland, oryx, impala, waterbuck, Thompson's gazelle and warthog.  By the end of 2009, Kenya had 635 black rhinos and 353 white rhinos in various conservation areas around the country. 

 

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