Hirola Conservation Programme:

saving the world's most endangered antelope

Promotes the conservation of the hirola antelope and its fragile habitat in partnership with communities in eastern Kenya.

Hirola Conservation Programme Blog

Up close encounters with the African painted dogs

10 May 2017 in Hirola Conservation Programme

The African Wild dogs aka the painted dogs as they are called are exciting to see in the wild. For the month of April, we are happy to report another wild dog sighting in one of our conservancies following numerous…

Ranger’s battle to keep hirola and giraffes off the Kenyan dinner tables

21 April 2017 in Events

It looked like something was holding its neck about sixteen feet above the ground. It was struggling to get it off. With curiosity, Siyat and his colleagues nimbly approached the scene to determine what was happening. They knew they had…

Former Hirola antelope killer turns into anti-poaching crusader

28 February 2017 in Events

We are delighted to share the story of one of our field rangers, a reformed wildlife poacher-cum-ranger, Mr. Aden Mohamed Guhad (44yrs), a Somali married with six kids and from Bura township. He does not have any formal education and…

Houston Zoo 2016 Wildlife Warrior Award Winner

01 December 2016 in Events

Mr. Ali Hassan is from the Malakote community (non-Somali), restricted to the banks of Tana river in eastern Kenya. Unlike the Pastoral Somalis, the Malakote are hunters-gatherers group and more recently practice subsistence farming. Mr. Ali is a retired teacher…

Antelope, giraffe, hippo conference 2017

05 October 2016 in Events

The antelope, giraffe, hippo conference is a conference set to promote conservation activities in Africa and highlight the positive results of conservation efforts in African countries. The conference connects in situ and ex situ research and conservation of antelopes, giraffes…


20 May 2016 in Hirola Conservation Programme

One of our core conservation functions includes capacity building and technical advice to local communities. In this regard, we conduct an intensive outreach programme consisting of lectures, video shows and public discussions on hirola conservation. We also conduct educational seminars,…


18 February 2016 in Hirola Conservation Programme

The historical hirola range covers ~17000 km2 spanning across southern Garissa in eastern Kenya. Until the 1980’s, these rangelands were amongst the most productive pastures in Africa and the inhabitants were mostly pastoralists who relied on their livestock for livelihood.…

Hirola Conservation gets smart with SMART conservation Apps

13 February 2016 in Events

Our conservation efforts were recently bolstered by the adoption of SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool, www.smartconservationsoftware.org) and CyberTracker (www.cybertracker.org) softwares. SMART is an efficient conservation tool that measures, evaluates and improves the effectiveness of wildlife law enforcement patrols and…

Solar charger and lighting for hirola rangers

26 January 2016 in Events

In January 2016 we secured solar lighting and mobile-phone charging kit for hirola rangers and the surrounding community. This has been a major issue for our rangers and community members who for years were not able to use phones and…

Hirola Habitat Restoration Project

26 January 2016 in Events

In May 2016, we have launched community based hirola habitat restoration project that aims at restoring grasslands in areas where hirola persist currently as well as future reintroduction sites. Between 1985 and 2012, tree cover increased 300% across the historic…

The invading zebras of Ijara.

21 February 2015 in Hirola Conservation Programme

The strike was swift and lethal. One heavy blow to the head was all it took to ascertain his authority and regain his dominance. Blood flowed freely and it was obvious death was imminent. We all watched as mere spectaters…

Herders for Hirola

05 October 2014 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Somali pastoralists, their livestock and hirola co-occur within the hirola range in eastern Kenya. These pastoralists constitute the most neglected group in the conservation of hirola. Most individuals herd their livestock everyday for 6-8 hours, meaning they spend more time…