Chinese Philanthropists Support Hirola Sanctuary in Kenya

by Dec 9, 2011Wildlife News

A group of Chinese entrepreneurs is ushering in a new era in conservation philanthropy through a groundbreaking donation to conservation work in Africa.

The donation will be made through the China Global Conservation Fund, which was recently announced by Jack Ma, founder and CEO of Alibaba Group, alongside The Nature Conservancy’s president and CEO Mark Tercek. The fund was initiated by the Conservancy’s China Board of Trustees and is already providing a growing class of Chinese philanthropists with an opportunity to support high-impact conservation projects around the world.

In Kenya, The Nature Conservancy is collaborating with the Northern Rangelands Trust , the Kenya Wildlife Service and Fauna & Flora International to save the critically endangered hirola antelope, of which fewer than 500 remain. This project will receive $500,000 and become the first beneficiary of the new fund.

“This generous and important gift from the China Global Conservation Fund will support immediate conservation priorities in northern Kenya, including our race to save the hirola from extinction,” Tercek said. “It also will help efforts to hone and perfect a model of community-led conservation for future expansion to other priority landscapes in Africa.”

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