Lola, Our Augmented Reality Star Rhino, Finally Delivers

Nothing makes us happier on Ol Pejeta than getting a report of a new rhino birth from our patrol teams. On the 1st of February 2018, it was reported that Lola, an 11 year old black rhino, had delivered her first calf. Every time a new baby is born, it’s a sign that our hard work is paying off - and that our wild rhino populations are getting a fighting chance. Lola has faced tremendous adversity in her life and that’s what makes her successful delivery even more amazing.

She was born on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on the 5th of May 2007. Her mother, Mawingo, was partially blind and could not offer her adequate care and protection in the wild – prompting the Lewa rangers to hand-rear her for three years. In 2010, Lola was repeatedly attacked by a rhino bull, and her young life was at risk. For her safety, she was transferred to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in June 2010. She was put in the Endangered Species Enclosure where she soon developed a bond with another orphaned rhino, Nabuul – who was translocated to Ol Pejeta from Mugie Ranch in 2009.

In 2014, having reached sexual maturity, Lola and Nabuul were released from the Endangered Species Enclosure and out into the main conservancy, where they could find mates to breed with. Lola adapted very quickly to life in the wild, under the close supervision of our wildlife monitoring teams.

Lola was the star of the augmented reality game, ‘Safari Central’ by Internet of Elephants that allows people from all over the world to interact with wild animals, wherever they are, via a phone app.

Lola and Nabuul have ‘twins’ of sorts – Nabuul gave birth to her first calf late last year and Lola has quickly followed suit. Lola and Nabuul still meet – but with their playful calves for added company.

You can name this special calf for $1,000 by emailing roxanne.mungai@olpejetaconservancy.org. The funds will go towards boosting security to ensure this adorable calf grow up to be a healthy, powerful rhino in the years to come – just like his mom.