Logging for fuelwood, posts, building materials and charcoal production are a major threat to ancient indigenous forests which take years to regenerate. Availabilitty of alternative fuels and building materials needs to be addressed in Kenya, but until this is done we need to protect what is left of our water towers by increasing law enforcement.
The Bloody Ivory Trade
The contemporary ivory crisis has affected all African elephant rangelands and has caused unnecessary slaughter of many elephants. They are killed in a number of ways from the most barbaric to the very sophisticated. The trust has stepped up efforts to help reduce the numbers of elephants killed but there is much to be done. We want to increase the number of men and our direct support to the Kenya Wildlife Service for intelligence gathering.
Bush meat caught in a snare, trapping and hunting for the local market are a common occurrence, severely eroding biodiversity and vulnerable mammal species on Mount Kenya. Crude as they are, the snares and traps set to trap mammals lead to unnecessary suffering, trapping young elephant and other species that are not a bushmeat target. Lame, infected and amputated animals can die after months of having been caught in snare, or die over a couple of days if they are unable to free themselves.
Human Wildlife Conflict
Elephants and humans living in close proximity are a major conservation challenge. Mitigating conflict and improving livelihoods that are threatened by land pressure and poverty is key to the survival of our protected areas. Fencing, maintaining existing fences and wildlife corridors are a very necessary route to our achieving our goals.
Other threats to the forests and wildlife include:
- Fires caused by illegal cultivators, loggers and poachers.
- Illegal livestock grazing.