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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[...]

The Cause

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The Rhino Charge is an off-road motor sporting event to raise support for Rhino Ark, whose mission is to raise funds and material support to build and maintain an electrified fence to encircle both the Aberdares National Park and the demarcated forestry areas which make up the Aberdares Conservation Area. The late Ken Kuhle and Rob Combes were the founders of Rhino Ark. Ken, alarmed by the threats the Aberdares during the elephant and rhino poaching crisis in the 1980s, formed Rhino Ark to tackle Read more [...]


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Here are some of the awards the Rhino Rouge team has won over the last few years: {loadposition gallery_awards}   Tim Nicklin Trophy 2006 Tim Nicklin Trophy 2007 2007 Millionaire Gold Award 2008 Millionaire Gold Award 2009 Millionaire Gold Award  Certificate of Appreciation 2007 Certificate of Appreciation 2008 Certificate of Appreciation 2009   Read more [...]

Louise Leakey

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The 3rd generation of Leakey palaeoanthropologists, Louise was born and raised in Kenya spending much of her childhood in the deserts of northern Kenya,  uncovering clues of our past. Educated both in Kenya and in the United Kingdom, she completed her PhD at University College London in 2001. Currently she is a Research Assistant Professor at University of Stony Brook and a Director of the Turkana Basin Institute, a privately funded research facility for paleaoanthropological research with Read more [...]
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Rhino Rouge for the Aberdares

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Rhino Rouge and our bright red car number 17, driven by Tanya Carr-Hartley, is an all women team and has competed in the Rhino Charge for the past seven years. It is always well placed and has won the Ladies event four times. More importantly we raise significant funds each year for Rhino Ark, totalling more than US$200,000 to date. Rhino Rouge strongly supports the efforts of Rhino Ark to conserve the forest ecosystems and water towers of Kenya. Without additional support and construction Read more [...]

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