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

Aden Ali, 2019 Wildlife warrior

30 May 2019 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Aden Elmi Ali is a hirola ranger with the hirola conservation programme based within Ijara Subcounty Garissa County, Kenya. Aden joined our Hirola family in 2017 as a community scout tasked with carrying out monitoring patrols and community education. In…

How the humble bee can help save hirola

09 April 2019 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Africa is home to 22 species of stingless bees, many of which favor Kenya for its climate and landscape. These tiny creatures are vital pollinators, helping to spread the grasslands which are so important for hirola, as well as elephants…

Celebrating women in conservation

08 April 2019 in Hirola Conservation Programme

The month of March is considered as the women’s month in relation to the International Women's Day on March 8, which seeks to commemorate and encourage the role of women around the world. As such, we shine a spotlight on…

Human-Carnivore conflicts on the rise

13 September 2018 in Hirola Conservation Programme

On Monday (September 3,2018), Kenya wildlife service's rangers in conjunction with the Bura East conservancy scouts and Kenya forestry service, tracked two problem lions that had caused havoc in parts of the hirola’s range. This search came after it was…

Giraffes and humans battle for the Tana river.

01 August 2018 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Human wildlife conflict is a hindrance to conservation efforts. Despite efforts made to conserve wildlife globally, human wildlife conflict is one of the contemporary threats hindering wildlife conservation. Conflicts exists between human and wildlife whom with contrasting interests have little…

Drought to floods cycle

12 May 2018 in Hirola Conservation Programme

The last three months have seen our region experience the worst flood ever recorded, second only to the disastrous El Nino of 1997. The current rains, previously considered a blessing, quickly degenerated into a natural disaster. The heavy rains led…


10 April 2018 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Referred to as ‘Scotland with lions’ the Aberdare ranges (Kenya) not only forms a section of the Great Rift Valley but it also gives rise to the longest river in Kenya. Flowing over 900km and through the snow-capped Mount Kenya,…

Hirola's display of might and fight

15 February 2018 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Hirola have been described as graceful, majestic and elegant but they can be vicious especially when protecting their territories. The adult male hirola have been observed to secure, hold and vigorously defend their territories. Hirola exist in social groups that…

Meet our de-snaring hero: Yakub Ibrahim

09 November 2017 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Meet Yakub Ibrahim one of our rangers in Bura East conservancy. Yakub (44 yrs.) is a family man and a proud father of eight kids. Prior to joining HCP, he worked as a volunteer scout at the defunct Arawale National…

Our 2016 Houston Zoo wildlife warrior completes his computer training

16 October 2017 in Hirola Conservation Programme

In 2016, Mr. Ali Hassan Ali, also the received the Houston Zoo wildlife warrior award. Facilitated by the award, Ali underwent successful computer training. He recently completed the training and is now conversant in Ms. Word, Ms. PowerPoint, Ms. Excel,…

hirola habitat restoration project updates

16 October 2017 in Hirola Conservation Programme

Our habitat restoration project includes nine experimental plots across three distinct soil where we are determining the ideal conditions necessary to increase grass growth. Using these plots we are testing the response of four native grass species (Cenchrus ciliaris, Enteropogon…

Ravaging drought deepens within the hirola’s geographic range

12 September 2017 in Hirola Conservation Programme

On 10 February 2017, The Government of Kenya declared the ongoing, prolonged drought a National Disaster. Crop production had decreased significantly (e.g. Coastal region experienced a 99% decrease in Maize production), food insecurity had more than doubled (from 1.3 million…