African Tourism Board President Alain St.Ange pays tribute to Colin Church of Kenya Black Rhino Aberdare Park challenge
Alain St.Ange, President of the African Tourism Board, has expressed his grief over the death of Colin Church in Kenya.
- Colin Church, one of East Africa’s most renowned conservationists, died at the age of 81.
- He was a public attorney for the Black Rhino who served as chairman of the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust.
- Church will also be remembered for completing the 250 mile electric fence project around the mountain range in Kenya to keep poachers out.
“I had the pleasure and honor to meet Colin Church in person when his PR office, Church Orr & Associates, represented the Seychelles in Kenya and throughout East Africa.
“He was a doer and above all a doer with new ideas to keep his partners up to date,” said Alain St.Ange, who represented the African Tourism Board, was also the former tourism minister of the Seychelles.
Colin Church, one of East Africa’s most renowned conservationists, was also the public advocate for the Black Rhino, who served as chairman of the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust (2002–2012) to protect other Aberdare Park attractions in Kenya and Kenya, including Kenyan wildlife and their forests.
It was Colin Church who will be remembered when the 250 mile electric fence project around the mountain range in Kenya was completed to keep poachers and animals away.
Rhino Ark was founded as a non-profit foundation in 1988 to save Kenya’s Black Rhino population in the Aberdare ecosystem. The rhinoceros at the time faced a grave threat from rampant poaching for its prized horn.
Wildlife invaded the farms adjacent to the park, ruining crops and occasionally killing people. This created fear and aversion to wildlife, which worked in favor of poachers who then had easy access as the local community saw no value in protecting either the wildlife or the forest habitat.
Rhino Ark was founded specifically to help the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) build an electric fence along sections of Aberdare National Park on its Eastern Salient, which has the highest concentration of wildlife and is directly adjacent to farmland.
Colin Church was born in Nairobi in 1940 and died a few weeks ago at the age of 81.