Bring Black Back

Charity Ball for Laikipia’s Black Rhino Renaissance

The Laikipia Wildlife Forum, together with Dance Savoir Faire, and Dancesport Kenya are offering a ball and safari weekend that combines a unique dance opportunity with support for rhino conservation in the Laikipia landscape. The ball is set to take place on the 28th of October at Kongoni CampThe Laikipia Wildlife Forum, together with Dance Savoir Faire, and Dancesport Kenya are offering a ball and safari weekend that combines a unique dance opportunity with support for rhino conservation in the Laikipia landscape.  The ball is set to take place on the 28th of October at Kongoni Camp.

This dance journey began earlier this year when 3 Rhino Conservancies – Borana, Ol Pejeta and Ol Jogi received support from the USAID-Kenya/US Department of the Interior in support of endangered species conservation. The grant, administered by LWF, was used to train rhino conservancy rangers, purchase equipment, and train sniffer dogs. According to the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries (APLRS), Laikipia hosts more than 50% of Kenya’s black rhino population. Kenya’s vision 2030 aims to have a total population of 2000 black rhinos, a huge goal in 13 years. Tsavo and Laikipia are the best hosts of rhinos to meet this goal.

Given present conservation efforts, private rhino conservancies spend between 30 – 40,000 US dollars per/acre per year for rhino conservation. These include both direct and indirect costs associated with rhino conservation.

Most of this money used for rhino conservation on private land comes from a multiple land use approach (tourism, livestock and some agriculture) and donor funding. At present levels, most private conservancies will be hard-pressed to meet the national goal, as well as meet the escalating costs of rhino conservation without some level of government intervention, economies of scale, or both.

The “Bring Black Back” charity ball represents a unique opportunity to dance ballroom with a Strictly Come Dancing professional, while learning of and supporting the Laikipia vision to develop rhino conservation as a landscape management tool.

Major investment by conservancies has proved successful, and Laikipia has been one of the leaders.  Laikipia even hosts the last known Northern White Rhinos with the greatest hope for preventing extinction of this species.
Laikipia has been facing challenges recently, but looks forward to finding peaceful ways forward towards sustainable landscape conservation for the benefit of all citizens, livestock and wildlife. Select Laikipia conservancies have shown that Black Rhino conservation can be a tool for peace and security, for revenue generation and employment, for revenue sharing and livelihoods, and for biodiversity, habitat and landscape conservation. It’s a model that can be replicated.

We have a dream – for the greater Laikipia area, to be a world leader in rhino conservation, hand- in-hand with sustainable management of its resources. Let us collaborate for this goal of mutual benefit and celebrate it with the joy of dance.

Save The Date and Book Your Ticket Now

The Rhino Ball will be held on Saturday 28th October in Nanyuki at Kongoni Camp. It will include dinner and a performance from Andrew Cuerden, a Strictly Come Dancing professional and his partner Christin Neisler, live music by renowned band “The Itch”, and dancing till late.

Additional tickets can be obtained that include a group dance class on the Saturday morning and a discounted pass into Ol Pejeta Conservancy on the Sunday to see rhino conservation in action.

Both group and private dance, and yoga classes are also possible by arrangement. Sweetwaters Serena Camp on Ol Pejeta will host those who wish to purchase a weekend ticket and will arrange transfers to and from the Ball.

There are only 100 Ball Tickets Available! Basic tickets are Ksh 5,000 per person and include a fabulous dinner with complimentary wine, as well as all set festivities for the night.  If coming with friends, reserve a table to avoid disappointment.

For more information about tickets contact: grace.wanjiku@laikipia.org

  1. Select the MPESA service On Your Phone
  2. Select Lipa Na MPESA
  3. Select Pay Bill
  4. Enter Business Number: 898370
  5. When asked for Account Name: Please Type In: Rhino (Your Full Name)
  6. Pay

To find out more about private or group dance lessons on Saturday, October 28, or for discounted access to Ol Pejeta Conservancy to see rhino conservation in action on Sunday, October 29, please contact: Dr. Kes Smith on: akkessmith@gmail.com

For more information about LWF’s support to rhino conservation, please contact:  John Gitonga on: john.gitonga@laikipia.org

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