Kenya’s famous Ol Pejeta conservation sanctuary in Laikipia County is stepping up the fight against poaching by incorporating technology into an arsenal of antipoaching equipment.
360-degree cameras relay round-the-clock possible intrusions to the reserve headquarters.
The cameras are part of high-tech equipment introduced last month by the sanctuary as part of its newly launched high-tech laboratory for wildlife, a research centre located in the heart of the area designed to bring new techniques into conservation management.
“What’s bothering me with the world of wildlife protection is our slow pace of adopting new technologies and putting in place new ways of doing things – it has to change,” said Richard Vigne, the director general of Ol Pejeta.
The private reserve on Kenya’s Laikipia plateau is home to the last two northern white rhinos in the world – two females – and the largest population in East Africa of black rhinos, a critically endangered species.
The 360 sq. km reserve, which has 250 rangers responsible for security, is battling the high threat of poaching.
Last year, three rhinos were killed, their horns sectioned and carried away, in the Meru National Park, on the other side of Mount Kenya.
Below: Two white rhinoceroses grazing in the morning, with Mt. Kenya's peak in the background, at Ol Pejeta's renowned sanctuary in Laikipia County
Kenyan reserve steps up anti-poaching
South Africa adds seven countries to visa-free list South Africa has added seven countries to its visa-free list including Ghana, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand.
Out of the 193 members of the United Nations, the South African Department of Home Affairs has granted visa-free status to 75 countries.
According to the latest Henley Passport Index, South Africans can visit 99 countries without paperwork around the globe in return.
The country is a key tourist destination and easier borders will be a boost for the industry, according to the authorities.
“The President has announced in the state of the nation address in both February and June that we shall accelerate the implementation of the e-visa system. This will make it easier for tourists to visit, and for companies to acquire employees with critical skills.
“It will be an online application with a risk-based adjudication and issuance of your visa electronically as opposed to a hard copy. On receiving the email message, you continue straight to your airport and head to South Africa,” said the Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi.