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Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary Tsavo West National Park - Maalim
The Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, is a 35 acre electrically fenced enclave within Tsavo West National Park where the remaining rhinos within the Tsavo ecosystem and others moved from human settled areas, are kept under tight security having been brought together for breeding purposes in an attempt to retrieve the species from annihilation through rampant poaching for their horn. Rhino horn is greatly prized in the Near and Middle East for its supposed medicinal properties, and the mistaken belief that it is an aphrodisiac. In fact, it is nothing more than Keratin, identical to a finger nail, but the lengthy mating procedure of Rhinos, plus the phallic shape of the horn, has planted in the minds of the Chinese and others its supposed magical properties.
When the Tsavo National Park first came into being in l949 it was the bastion of Black Rhinos, home to 8,000 out of a total Kenya-wide population of some 20,000. However, by the early nineties, rampant and uncontrolled poaching reduced Kenya’s Black Rhino population almost to the brink of extinction and it was during the mid eighties, when Bill Woodley was Warden of Tsavo West National Park, that 24 square miles just below the Ngulia escarpment was first electrically fenced to house the survivors. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust provided the funding for this initial initiative, and since then the Sanctuary has had to be extended to its current 35 acres. It has also been found essential to move out several hundred elephants that were also fenced in and were in competition with the rhinos for the available food resource. When the rhino population within the Sanctuary reached 70 plus, some of the rhinos were also moved out to free range, since a core population was secured within the Sanctuary