Straddling the equator and rising to rugged snowy peaks at 5,199m Mount Kenya is the 2nd highest mountain in Africa. Mount Kenya was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1997. The World Heritage Site Commission recognises it as “one of the most impressive landscapes of Eastern Africa, with its rugged glacier clad summits, Afro-Alpine Moorlands and diverse forests, which illustrate outstanding ecological processes”. As gazetted National Park and National Reserve the protected area makes up 2,100 km2. To the people of Mount Kenya it holds immense cultural value.
Beneath the National Park’s peaks and moorlands, the forest zone and National Reserve covers 212,000 hectares and is now the largest remaining contiguous forest in Kenya. Its ecosystems play a critical role in water catchment for two main rivers in in the country, the Tana and the Ewaso Ngiro. The Tana River supplies over 50% of Kenya’s power to the National Grid. Mount Kenya is recognised for its rich biodiversity boasting a diverse range of flora including the Afro-alpine moorlands, giant heath, extensive stands of East African bamboo and major forest types including mixed closed canopy forest. These habitats host a multitude of wildlife species including mammals of international conservation interest including elephants, leopard, giant forest hog, and mountain bongo. Bird species are also abundant and play an important part in the ecology of various habitats.
Mount Kenya Trust
Beneath the striking peaks and gleaming forest canopy there are daily threats to the forests and wildlife. Rich biodiversity exists on the doorstep of dense populations and poverty, therefore the threats are both inevitable and complex. We work in close partnership with the key Government Agencies charged with the management of Mount Kenya. We take a holistic approach to protecting the integrity of Mount Kenya’s resources involving the local communitty and building the partnership that at the heart of all of our projects. They bring together a range of themes including education and awareness, reforestation, anti-poaching and illegal activity monitoring, human - wildlife conflict mitigation measures and habitat connectivity. We are 100% donor funded and rely on the generosity of people and organisations who support us to survive.