Inside Africa’s first locally owned rhino conservation programme: ‘Sometimes they do charge.’

We’re out at the Sera Community Conservancy, ready to track the endangered black rhinos on the Saruni Rhino walking safari – Africa’s first community-owned and operated black rhino conservation project, which launched in February 2017. Currently 11 rhinos (including three pregnant females) roam the sanctuary’s 54,000 hectares, each with a GPS device attached to its horn. A $1.3 million fence is wrapped around it all, with some 200 people patrolling the grounds, guards even sleeping beside the fence at night.

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