Hirola Conservation Program
The hirola conservation programme (HCP) promotes the conservation of the endangered hirola antelope (Beatragus hunteri) and its fragile habitat in partnership with local pastoralist groups. The programme was established in 2008 as a small grassroot programme but only picked up in 2011 to address the urgent need to conserve the hirola antelope in the community rangelands of northeastern Kenya. We are a non-profit organization registered in Kenya.
Our Vision: Establish and sustain a conservation programme to make lasting contributions to the future of hirola antelope and of local communities within the hirola’s geographic range.
Our Mission: To protect and increase the numbers and distribution of hirola through participatory conservation, education, community involvement and international support.We recognize that conservation is a multi-stakeholder initiative and does not occur in isolation.
Our objective is to undertake a holistic approach that will permit the long-term co-existence of conservation and pastoral livelihoods in eastern Kenya.
In 2011, in collaboration with our international partners we have scaled up our programme to focus on: training and employment of communities to protect and monitor hirola, habitat restoration and protection and community education.