Adopt a Rhino: KWS Conservation Programme

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: August 13, 2020

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala recently announced that Kenyans can “adopt” Rhinos in Kenya’s National Parks and get the privilege of naming them. This adoption programme by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) will go a long way in providing KWS with the resources it needs to conserve these endangered animals.

We have a total of 696 black rhinos in Kenya conserved in the following areas: State lands (National Parks) with 49%; Private lands mainly Laikipia County (42%), County lands (7%) and Community land (2%) of the 696.  Poaching has drastically reduced the population of these precious animals. 

The numbers don’t look too good but KWS is doing groundbreaking work to tackle the poaching menace.

The rhino naming and adoption programme enables supporters to participate in rhino conservation, and directly contribute to the survival of this incredible species. The annual cost of adopting a rhino is Ksh 100,000 which is invested directly in the protection and care of the rhinos, and operations of KWS.

How the adoption programme works:

  • KWS will share a few rhino calves candidates for you to select your preferred rhino to adopt.
  • Once you select the rhino, they will prepare and send you an adoption certificate.
  • KWS will share with you the status and well being of your adopted rhino.
  • They will also add you to their database so that you can receive updates and news.

Contact KWS to find out how you can adopt a rhino.

*Image: Ami Vitale

About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life


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