Hirola Sanctuary's Flying Start
A total of 48 hirola were rounded up to establish the Ishaqbini community sanctuary, along with small groups of topi, kudu, gerenuk, oryx, giraffe, ostrich and buffalo.
The captured hirola were air-lifted and arrived at holding pens within 30 minutes of capture.
A veterinarian and a handler accompanied each pair of hirola during air transport.
Five people were needed to carry each hirola from helicopter to holding pen – a perfect way for the community elders to be involved and account for “their” hirola.
The author, Juliet King, is a key contributor to the Ishaqbini community’s efforts to establish a hirola sanctuary.
“The participation of Ishaqbini’s elders in the capture operation was invaluable, and their stories remain alive.”
"Safely removing predators from the sanctuary proved to be the most onerous task."
Three cheetah cubs were actually caught by hand!
A team of rangers now protects and monitors the hirola. Return to sanctuary story