Operation Hirola - Saving Africa's Rarest Antelope


A group of conservationists, pastoralists and Chinese funders have joined forces to save the hirola antelope, the last living representative of a three-million-year-old lineage.

Relocated hirola in the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy area in Kenya.

  • Kenya:  World's Rarest Antelope Gets New Home

    The Star, 3 September 2012

    One of the world's rarest antelope now has a new home in Marasabit. The Kenya Wildlife Service and the Northern Rangeland Trust have successfully introduced the rare species of the ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Battle for Coast's Hidden Gem

    The Nation, 29 June 2011

    Tana River is sitting on a rich biodiversity and cultural heritage that if properly harnessed could generate billions of shillings from tourism. read more »

  • Kenya:  Poachers Kill Country's Most Rare Antelope

    The Nation, 25 March 2008

    Four poachers have been arrested for trapping and killing Kenya's most endangered antelope, the Hirola, which is threatened with extinction. read more »

  • Kenya:  Residents Mount Watch for Endangered Antelope

    The East African Standard, 16 March 2006

    On the outskirts of Arawale Nature Reserve in Ijara District, residents keep vigil. They take turns to man all the exits and entries, and visitors to this sleepy district are ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Community Not Ready to Let Go of Rare Antelopes

    The East African Standard, 29 September 2005

    The hirola - a rare species of antelope only found in Ijara District is associated with luck. The community prides in hirola and ostracises anybody who hunts them down. read more »