PRESS RELEASE | Ol Pejeta Conservancy Wins Award at World Travel Market Responsible Tourism Awards


Nanyuki, Kenya -  At the recent World Travel Market (WTM) Responsible Tourism Awards in London, Ol Pejeta was honoured to receive the Judge’s Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The WTM Responsible Awards recognise organisations that focus on improving the environment around them: both by reducing their negative footprint and permanently establishing eco-friendly, effective projects and solutions. Through this endorsement, the Awards hope to spread awareness and understanding while inspiring others to take greater responsibility.

Judges’ Awards, rarely handed out, are for organisations who perform highly in a number of areas and have won multiple awards previously, and who continue to be outstanding. In 2016, Ol Pejeta was awarded Gold for Wildlife Conservation in the Africa Responsible Tourism Awards and came Highly Commended in 2017.

"Ol Pejeta is a strong contender in multiple categories, wildlife, community benefit and reporting. The judges recognise that Ol Pejeta is a global leader in balancing benefits for local communities and wildlife conservation and in delivering Responsible Tourism, using tourism to make better places for people to live in and ensuring the conservation of wildlife and habitat."
WTM Judge’s Awards Ol Pejeta Conservancy 2019 - Judges’ Reasons

Ol Pejeta prides itself on its innovative and practical approach to solving conservation and community development challenges, incorporating a diverse land-use model that ensures maximum productivity without compromising on environmental impact.

The conservancy provides a sanctuary for wildlife and endangered species (including the last two northern white rhinos, 133 black rhinos and 36 rescued chimpanzees), supports its neighbouring communities in health, education, resource management, employment and entrepreneurship while growing food for Kenya in the form of grain and beef production. With a team of over 700 people, all deeply committed to the conservancy mission, it is truly a role model for conservation.

Richard Vigne, Managing Director, travelled to London to accept the award. "We are so pleased to have received this prestigious award on behalf of Ol Pejeta and 'Destination Kenya,'" Vigne said.  "Ol Pejeta Conservancy is but one example of the conservancy movement in Kenya that is developing innovative models for sustainable land management that maintain biodiversity, whilst also providing opportunities for economic development. Kenya has become a world leader is this area and that is being increasingly celebrated at a global level."

It is thanks to the enormous encouragement Ol Pejeta receives from its supporters that it can have the reach that it does, bringing significant change and benefit both locally and on a landscape level.

Please follow this link for more on Judges’ Reasons for all categories. Congratulations to all the winners for their incredible achievements world-wide.

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About Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90,000-acre wildlife conservancy located in central Kenya on the Laikipia plateau 230 km north of Nairobi between Mount Kenya and the Aberdare ranges. The Conservancy works to conserve wildlife, to provide a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises for re-investment in conservation and community development. It is a key conservation area in the wider Laikipia ecosystem and aims to manage sustainable, diverse and healthy wildlife populations in an integrated wildlife and livestock system. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees. It is also home to the last two northern white rhinos on the planet. Ol Pejeta’s cutting edge wildlife security includes a specialised K-9 unit, motion sensor cameras along its solar-powered electric fence, and a dedicated Rhino Protection Unit. Ol Pejeta also integrates livestock with wildlife – both as a means to earn revenue for conservation but also as a rangeland management tool.

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