The Bongo Surveillance Project

The only organisation in Kenya dedicated to monitoring, protecting and conserving the mountain bongo and its habitat.

This organisation works in partnership with Rhino Ark and the Calgary Zoo in order to protect this endemic, critically endangered species. “Critically endangered” is only one category away from “extinct in the wild” in the IUCN listings.  Their decline is due to illegal hunting, logging, disease and habitat loss.

Their five trackers play a vital role in forest conservation by running patrol exercises within the six forest zones. During this time they conduct bongo surveillance using camera traps, check for snares, signs of hunting, evidence of illegal logging, firewood collection and charcoal production.

Fifteen motion-detecting, infrared camera traps are positioned in prime bongo habitat the Eburru Forest in order to document the mountain bongo population. This is an important conservation tool that helps to identify habitat preferences, threats to survival and  population numbers of the bongo in the ecosystem.

Loldia House guests who are interested in learning more about the project can request a presentation from the researcher leading the project. There is no set fee for this though a donation toward the work of Rhino Ark for their Eburru programs is recommended. This must be booked in advance.