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World’s largest adventure travel company aims to educate travelers on the plight of endangered species in Africa
Intrepid Travel, a world leader in responsible travel, has launched a limited-edition expedition to Kenya taking travelers to visit the world’s last three remaining northern white rhinos, a species brought to the brink of extinction through poaching. The trip was created to build a greater understanding of animal welfare and to help fund research to support the conservation of the species and other endangered animals.
Departing in June and August 2019, the seven-day Kenya Expedition – The Last Northern White Rhinos will bring travelers to Ol Pejeta Conservancy for the rare opportunity to see the three remaining northern white rhinos–Najin, Fatu, and Sudan (whose health is rapidly deteriorating).
The Kenya Expedition will also include: a presentation from the East Africa Wildlife Society on the work they do and how each donation through the trip helps their cause; a game drive at Ol Pejeta to see other resident animals such as lions, giraffes and elephants; multiple game drives and a visit to Thomson Falls in Kenya’s Lake Nakuru National Park, known for its population of southern white and black rhinos; and an interactive community visit in Nairobi to spend time with local women who are overcoming hardship, thanks to a local social enterprise.
Through Intrepid Travel’s not-for-profit organization, The Intrepid Foundation, a portion of the trip cost will be donated to the East Africa Wildlife Society on behalf of travelers, which will help provide ongoing support to the organization’s efforts in protecting rare, endangered and threatened species and habitats.
“The magnificence of the northern white rhinos is undeniable; it’s so disheartening to see the species in such a critical state,” said Leigh Barnes, Chief Purpose Officer for Intrepid Travel.
It’s one thing to hear about or talk about the plights of these animals from afar, but it is entirely different to see them in person and make an emotional connection with the dire reality of the situation. It is our goal for this tour to not only provide a one-of-a-kind safari experience, but to also educate travelers and inspire them to continue the ongoing fight for awareness and conservation of all species, in Africa and abroad.”
Intrepid Travel has additionally launched two departures on its new six-day Uganda Expedition – Rhinos, Falls & Chimps, which can be combined with the Kenya Expedition to create a 12-day tour for travelers to maximize their wildlife viewing and gain further insight into conservation efforts in the region.
The Uganda Expedition will bring travelers to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where there will be a talk about the rhino re-introduction project at the park and how the trip supports the Rhino Fund of Uganda. The tour also includes: multiple nature walks at the sanctuary; rhino trekking; a sunrise canoe ride in the Lugogo Wetlands; and a visit to Murchison Falls National Park, at which guests will take part in a waterfall hike, a boat ride to spot crocodiles and hippos, and an optional chimpanzee trek in the Budongo Forest Reserve.
The Expeditions are launched in conjunction with the reveal of the world’s tallest bronze rhino sculpture called The Last Three, by artists and conservationists Gillie and Marc, a project sponsored by Intrepid Travel. The 17-foot sculpture was unveiled in Astor Place, New York City on March 15, 2018 to inspire, educate, and mobilize the global community to raise their voices and affect real change against rhino horn sales.
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