Not only did the establishment of Sera Rhino Sanctuary help to reduce capacity pressures in those areas (a growing problem for rhino sanctuaries in Kenya) but it also represented a shift in Kenya’s endangered species conservation model – empowering indigenous communities to take the lead. With rhino horn worth more than gold on the black market, the poaching threat remains high for rhino sanctuaries across Africa. But there have been zero incidents of poaching in Sera since its inception, a testament to dedicated scouts and strong community support. Tourism income to Sera is booming too, thanks to Saruni Rhino – a lodge that offers guests the unique opportunity to track black rhinos on foot.
Six calves have been born in the Sanctuary since 2016, and as of 2020, the population stands at 16.
The Sera rhinos are monitored on a daily basis, and their location, body condition and behaviour is recorded into monthly reports that are shared with NRT and the Kenya Wildlife Service. Motion-sensor cameras have also been set up at each water hole in the Sanctuary, which provide images of rhino and other wildlife to support monitoring efforts.
Melako Bandas is a self-catering banda set in the shade of Doum Palms and acacia trees on a stunning sand river. It is a fantastic little private paradise; a perfect little gate away for family and friends with an open area living room, a fully furnished kitchen and two en-suite bedrooms with three beds in each.