World Rhino Day: How British Airways Is Saving Some Of The World’s Most Endangered Rhinos

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British Airways’ customers have been thanked by a conservation project in Kenya for their donations towards solar powered water pumps to ensure clean water for the last two remaining Northern White Rhinos in the world. 

Ol Pejeta Conservancy also houses the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, with 120 animals, and is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees. 

The project has received a grant from British Airways to replace two diesel-powered water pumps with solar powered pumps - ensuring clean water for these endangered species. The conservation project is in a drought-prone area, and these pumps will enable staff to monitor water usage for the first time.  

Solar panels provided by the airline also power free WiFi, which works up to 15km from the pumps, and is changing the educational and future career prospects of local children.  

Richard Vigne, CEO of Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, said: “We are delighted to be working with British Airways to install new technology to reduce our emissions, and to transform the education prospects of many of the children in this community. We are very grateful to British Airways’ customers for helping us to do this.” 

British Airways customers can choose to donate to the airline’s Carbon Fund, which supports low carbon and energy efficient projects in the UK and Africa, when they book flights on All projects supported have to make a social impact - fostering cleaner, greener and stronger communities. 

Leigh Hudson, British Airways’ sustainability manager said: “We are so proud to be able to support the conservancy and the fantastic work it does, and we’re extremely grateful to our customers for continuing to give so generously to support such worthy causes that make a real difference to communities around the world.”