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amybatt posted a topic in Latest Conservation news and talkI received a mailing yesterday from David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which was an appeal for donations for a new partnership, working with the Meru Rhino Sanctuary on a massive expansion project. They note that the rhino population was decimated in the 70s-80s but now has 61 white and 28 black rhinos living in the sanctuary. DSWT has already worked to help establish rhino sanctuaries in Nakuru and Ngulia, so this wouldn't be the first time doing this. The proposed project would address the inadequate habitats in the existing Meru sanctuary, doubling the size of the sanctuary, replacing the perimeter fence allowing for wildlife corridors and expanding the western boundary of park and building security bases throughout the sanctuary to enable patrols and protection. Long term goal is to "harbor one of the largest rhino populations in Kenya...serve as a donor to repopulate other areas where rhinos have been eradicated." Total cost is estimated at US$400,000, so understandably they're reaching out to supporters for help. I share this in case anyone else is interested in donating. I'm curious about the existing Meru Rhino Sanctuary, has anyone been, and what's the rhino sighting experience like there?
AmyT posted a topic in AfricaFor those of you who have provided countless words of support and advice, I thank you. The last 4 months have been the worst we've ever had in travel planning! But in the end, we are back to Katy (daughter age 19) and myself going to Kenya together. Although after hubby's car accident (hit by a drunk driver), I considered staying home in 2017... Africa's siren song is just too strong. With Harry's blessing, I agreed to terms for our safari on Wednesday, and then added another day today. We do get our private visit at Sheldrick's to start out our journey. Once the deposit has been paid (I'm still waiting for an invoice!) ... I will share where we're going! Seriously, SafariTalkers... you rock. Thanks for including me in your family.