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Rhino Rouge Reserves 2017 Report

Rhino Rouge Reserves 2017 Report

October 12th, 2017

    The 2017 event was in Marsabit, quite far north and a difficult course to complete. Car 17 competed in 2017 with the Rhino Rouge Reserves. A final report from the day is here; Dear All supporter and sponsors of Car 17 team Rhino Rouge, Firstly just to say that the Rhino Charge venue this year had zero phone or internet signal so sorry for the radio silence. Secondly, please find attached a few picture of the event . . and we shall send more when we collate all the GoPro, camera’s and phone footage. Now . . how did we do? Well it’s a tale of two halves . . . . . We started the charge day at guard post Tangerine and made it down the first steep drop of the day down to Hardi a bit slower than hoped but still in good time. We turned around and proceeded up the same climb which was about the limit of the car, team and its equipment taking a full further 3 hours to get to the second checkpoint. See the images on the attached for the type of terrain we are dealing with. You will see that we had to move some pretty big boulders by hand and also using the cars winch! It was great fun and a massive challenged to go down and up such a slope in that fantastic little bullet proof car! Now we were late with only half the time to go and 10 more check points to visit so we went around some roads to try and catch up on time, but at every check point we got to we could see that the terrain was horrendous and there was no way we could straight line in our unmodified 1979 Toyota Landcruiser. At the gauntlet which is usually the most exciting spectator stage many cars had rolled, failed, got stuck and spent hours in there. Our car would not have made, clearly the organisers had other cars in mind when they designed the course! Therefore our planned route of 35km turned into a massive 107km drive around the bush! In the end we visited all 12 check points but failed to get back to our start position and the final 13th! This WOULD as it turned out have been go[...]

FOLLOW US LIVE – MAY 31st 2015

Written by Louise Leakey on . Posted in Rhino Rouge Blog

We are packing the truck and heading north this week to somewhere in the Northern Frontier District. We can expect big dramatic views, star filled nights, rocks thorns and elephant! We thank everyone for their heartfelt support and encouragement and wanted to let you know that you are able to follow us on the day. We will depart from our first checkpoint at 7 am on the 31st of May 2015 and will be navigating across country, driving and running for 8 hours, trying to get to all the other 12 Read more [...]

ARKIVE Newletter

Written by Louise Leakey on . Posted in Rhino Rouge Blog

As we begin the preparations for the 2015 Rhino Charge which will be on 31st of May 2015 we wanted to thank our supporters from all the previous years and hope that you will get behind us again this year. In 2013  Car 17 raised  KES 2,209,230/= and in 2014 Car 17 with the RhinoRouge Reserves raised KES 1,251,460/= The Rhino Charge raises critical support for The Rhino Ark Kenya Charitable Foundation which protects and conserves the forests and wildlife of the Aberdares, Mau, Mt. Eburu and Mt. Read more [...]

Rhino Rouge Reserves compete in 2014

Written by Louise Leakey on . Posted in Rhino Rouge Blog

The Rhino Rouge Reserves led by David Carroll with Car 17 did a fine job this year. David Carroll (nav), Paul Nguru (runner), Russell Neylan (driver), Henry Sudgen (runner), Harry Milbank (runner) Here is the write up from the team! This is just a "brief" update and signing off note from the Car 17 "reserves" boys team . . . and Some select photo’s are posted also separately . . . If you hadn’t worked it out by now the event format is that you get given the coordinates of the 13 checkpoints Read more [...]

FENCE BUILD PROGRESS – ONE YEAR DOWN THE ROAD

Written by Louise Leakey on . Posted in Rhino Rouge Blog

Rhino Ark is pleased to report that the building of the Mau Eburu Electric Fence and the Mt. Kenya Electric Fence are progressing well. It is just over one year since the work on the Mt. Kenya Electric Fence started. To date over 36 kilometres have been completed, keeping the average fence build rate of 3 kilometres per month.  It is estimated that by the end of the year, the first phase of the Mt. Kenya Electric Fence, which is 50 kilometres long, will be completed. In Mau Eburu, 10 kilometres Read more [...]

RHINO CHARGE WINS TOTAL ECO CHALLENGE AWARD

Written by Louise Leakey on . Posted in Rhino Rouge Blog

At a Gala Dinner held yesterday (26th June) at Carnivore, Nairobi, Total Eco Challenge gave Rhino Charge a Special Award for its fundraising efforts towards the conservation of Kenya’s water towers. Since 1989, the Rhino Charge has raised over Ksh 814 million. This enabled the building and maintenance of the nearly 400 km Aberdare electric fence that encircles 2000 km2 of pristine forests and critical catchments. The fence - completed in 2009 - was commissioned by President Mwai Kibaki in 2010. In Read more [...]

Check in at Brookhouse School, Nairobi

Written by Louise Leakey on . Posted in Rhino Rouge Blog

On Saturday 4th May the Rhino Charge 2013 Drivers and Officials Briefing took place at Braeburn School Nairobi.  The purpose of the day for participants is to finalise much of the official documentation and to collect our official car stickers, hand in donations and collect our medical kits. It is also the time for announcing where we meet to get the route map - Check In Venue.  On Saturday we were told to check in at Brookhouse School, Nairobi. This does indicate that we are headed towards Read more [...]

MAU EBURU FENCE – PLACEMENT OF THE FIRST POST

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Construction of the Mau Eburu comprehensive electrified wildlife fence commenced on the morning of Wednesday 20 March 2013 at Eburru location, with the placement of the first post at the fire watchtower on Ngobobo Hill. The first post was placed by Les Baillie, Executive Director of MPESA Foundation, who was the chief guest at this event. Key guests attending this event included Rhino Ark Board of Trustees Chairman Michael Karanja, Kenya Forest Service County Forest Coordinator (Nakuru), Samuel Read more [...]
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UPDATE: EXCITING DAY

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 A further post with more images will follow. In the mean time here is a first summary of the route and where we got to. Some 84.6 million shillings (more than a million US dollars) in total were raised at this years Rhino Charge event- See the press release about this years event here.  We made it through to five of the thirteen check points before we got ourselves into a tricky situation. This was probably the toughest charge we have done. We worked extremely hard and very well Read more [...]

PRESS RELEASE RHINO ARK

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 PRESS RELEASE 3rd June 2012 For Immediate Release RHINO CHARGE RAISES 84 MILLION AND TERRY CHILDS WINS Rhino Charge 2012 held yesterday (June 2) in Il Ngwesi, Laikipia North District raised Ksh 84,627,119.33. This beats last year’s figure of Ksh 77.3 million adding another Ksh 7.3million to secure another all-time record. The event was won by Terry Childs (Braeburn Seven Squared) in car 49 with a distance of 47.6km. The course’s straight line distance was just less than Read more [...]

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