Rebecca has been working at FFI since September 2007. Though she studied conservation in her BA and MSc, she decided that the life in the jungle just wasn't for her. Having grown up in New York City, she has experienced more pigeons and squirrels than parrots and spider monkeys. So she decided to write about the impact that FFI's projects have on the ground.
Her current role as Communications Officer (Business & Biodiversity) has allowed her to focus her energy towards FFI's innovative Business & Biodiversity Programme. Rebecca helps to get the message out about FFI's strategic corporate partnerships and what they have helped to achieve for global biodiversity.
We thought our supporters would be keen to hear an update on the famous four northern white rhinos. They were translocated from the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in December and have settled in well. This news just arrived from the Conservancy:
The past couple of weeks rolled around with cold, windy weather, with temperatures ranging from a low of 10°C to a high of 17°C. For the northern white rhinos, these temperatures may be slightly reminiscent of their stay in the Czech Republic, but with the cold air came warm company.
'Rhino Whisperer' Berry White
We were pleased to welcome various visitors to the home of the four northern whites; Sudan, Fatu, Najin and Suni. The team that was initially involved in the relocation of the northern white rhinos graced us with their presence here at Ol Pejeta.
Berry White (pictured left), the keeper who had accompanied the northern whites on their trip from Czech Republic to Kenya, returned from Tanzania. She was pleased to see the progress the northern whites continue to make.
FFI Vice President Stephen Fry
Both Mark Carwardine (pictured below) and FFI Vice President Stephen Fry (pictured right), part of the BBC crew filming the series “Last Chance to See” were also part of the group that visited the northern whites while doing a final segment following the success of their series.
Pete Morkel (pictured main photo above) also came to pay a visit to the four magnificent mammals. Pete, a vet who accompanied the northern whites on their voyage to Kenya, came to cast an eye on the progress of the northern white rhino project.
This coming week, we look forward to allowing Sudan and Fatu into the 400m x 400m enclosure for the first time in an attempt to create a more stimulating environment for breeding. In order for this to happen, we will need to construct an exclusion zone to prevent any visual interaction between them.
Najin and Sudan continue to go from strength to strength in their area with limited interaction between the two of them. Although this is the case, Sudan’s interaction with the southern whites has increased.