In April, the Kenyan government announced a 5% tax relief because of COVID-19. Since then the Dümmen Orange farm in Embu has organised monthly fundraisers allowing staff to donate their 5% to projects to help those who have been affected most by the pandemic. This month’s fundraiser revenues were donated to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuki, Kenya, because COVID-19 has not only threatened people’s livelihood but also that of the animals. A group of local colleagues visited the conservancy to hand over a cheque to Richard Vigne, the conservancy’s MD.
The conservancy is a sanctuary for wildlife, especially endangered species and chimpanzees that are found during wild life trafficking in Africa. Without funds it is currently facing challenges to cover its daily operational costs. The Ol Pejeta, a 90,000 acre conservancy between Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare mountain range, is also home of the world’s 2 remaining Northern white rhinos. According to the latest International Union for Conservation of Nature assessment from 2020, these rhinos are considered "Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct in the Wild)" and are protected round-the-clock by armed guards.
Following the handing over of the cheque, Dümmen Orange colleagues will go on a “safari” guided by Ol Pejeta rangers. You are invited to join them live for a personal sofa safari via Facebook https://web.facebook.com/OlPejetaConservancy/ to enjoy nature, see elephants and Black rhinos, and even felines if they are lucky.
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