Morani Information Centre
It has been almost three years since the passing away of our world famous tame black rhino, Morani. Morani was a fantastic draw for our visitors and helped educate them about the plight of black rhinos in Africa, and what must be done to ensure their survival. Now in Morani’s absence, we continue to educate our visitors on black rhinos and our work to conserve these highly endangered animals. The Morani Information Center offers visitors a chance to learn about the various species of wildlife present on the Conservancy and to provide comprehensive information about how a modern wildlife Conservancy works.
The Morani Information Center was constructed in commemoration of Morani 11 years after his arrival in 1989. Throughout the years, the Center has catered to tourists, the local community and even educational institutions such as high schools and universities from different parts of the country. Upon arrival at the Center, a group of guides will welcome you warmly and take you on a tour where you will be treated to hundreds of fascinating facts on the behavior and anatomy of all the animals on the Conservancy. From dental formulas to bone structures, from how to differentiate one set of horns from another, to ways of telling apart different kinds of droppings, the guides take it upon themselves to demonstrate the fact that there is no such thing as “too much” information.
So when visiting the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, add visiting the Morani Information Center to your to-do list, to gain an insight on wildlife, as well as help keep the memory of Morani the friendly rhino alive.
BARAKA, OUR NEW AMBASSADOR
After Morani’s passing, a 16 year old black rhino was transferred to the Morani complex. Being the first rhino born in the open fields of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy on November 20th 1994, this tender hearted mammal was aptly named Baraka meaning “blessings” in Swahili. Baraka was later involved in a fight that caused an injury to one of his eyes. This eye later developed an abscess that ruptured and consequently had to be removed. As if life hadn’t proven to be difficult enough for this young rhino, Baraka later developed a crystallized cataract in his other eye which, even after numerous attempts at finding a cure, eventually led him to become completely blind.
The loss of one sense only heightens another, and like a child learning to take his first step, Baraka needed some time to adjust. Therefore, to shield him from additional peril, he was transferred from the wild and put in a 100 acre enclosure where he would be closely monitored for about one year. Throughout this year, Baraka was given the opportunity to familiarize himself with his new environment as well as his caretakers.
It has been three years since that time and Baraka’s well being continues to improve. He is now a major attraction at the Morani Information Center. Baraka’s new home has meant that he has replaced Morani as an ambassador for the species. However, he will never be able to match Morani’s good nature and willingness to allow visitors a “hands-on” experience. It is for this reason that we have created a feeding platform from which visitors can feed Baraka three times a day.
Visitors to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy have free access to the Morani Information Centre and to Baraka. Come visit Baraka from 10.30am to 6.00pm everyday!
IN MEMORY OF MORANI
Morani has been buried under the Ol Pejeta Conservancy tree on Zebra Plain where we have put a rock cairn in tribute to him. Any visitors wanting to visit this are welcome.