Mount Kenya Trust - Wildlife Ranger Challenge 2022
Mount Kenya Trust is taking part in the Wildlife Ranger Challenge to raise awareness of the role of 38 rangers working to protect Kenya's Mount Kenya National Park ecosystem, and support an estimated 1500 livelihoods.
Rangers are Africa’s unsung heroes. They don’t just fight poaching - they are conservationists, teachers, community support workers, leaders and much more.
The Wildlife Ranger Challenge, organized by Tusk and culminating on 17th September, celebrates their many roles and is raising much-needed funds to support their work.
Mount Kenya Trust has four patrol teams, distributed in sectors within Mount Kenya. The Horse Patrol Team (HPT) is one of the few mounted community ranger teams in Kenya. HPT was set up to enhance the capacity of law enforcement personnel to decrease the level of poaching and other illegal activities. The team takes daily patrols of both forest reserve and the national park, identifying illegal activities including hunting, poaching, logging, de-snaring, problem animal control, fighting arson/wildfires, and removing illegally grazing livestock. The teams operate with both Kenya Wildlife Service and the Kenya Forest Service.
WRC funding has helped to increase MKT’s capacity over COVID-19 and ensured that our teams could be kept in the field. With all of the team's funding cut at the start of 2020, we were in a very vulnerable position, with a bleak outlook not only for the rangers but also for the mountain biodiversity as a whole, as we saw illegal activities start to skyrocket as the local communities lost jobs and felt the economic hardship that COVID-19 has caused.
Support in 2022 would fund the HPT for a full 12 months, ensuring that the highly effective and impactful team is kept in the field and the mountain protected.
Give today, and the Scheinberg Relief Fund will match every dollar donated, amplifying your impact. Follow campaign updates on social media with #ForWildlifeRangers
Total fitness activity
21 km covered
Support a unique conservation initiative empowering and uniting wildlife rangers across Africa.Apr 27, 2023, 4:12:32 PM
Wildlife rangers operate on the very frontline of conservation across Africa, routinely making personal sacrifices to put their lives on the line to protect the continent’s magnificent wildlife and habitats. Yet they are so much more than just law enforcement officers: rangers are teachers, community support workers, mediators, researchers and so much more. Unfortunately, resources are not keeping pace with the scale of the challenges they are trying to tackle. For the fourth year running, the Wildlife Ranger Challenge sets out to redress this, by raising critical funding to cover operating costs, including salaries and equipment, for over 10,000 rangers. This will help them protect threatened wildlife and some of the continent's most vulnerable areas, while also protecting communities and securing coexistence with wildlife, as well as providing for their own families.
Half MarathonSep 19, 2022, 2:25:25 PM
On 17th September, the team made us proud. They covered 21Kms in 3 hours and 3 minutes while carrying 22Kg backpacks.
Mount Kenya Trust WRC Team 2022 #1Sep 19, 2022, 1:48:20 PM
Meet Kelvin Magana.
Mount Kenya Trust WRC Team 2022 #2Sep 19, 2022, 1:48:20 PM
Meet Kelvin Munene
Mount Kenya Trust WRC Team 2022 #3Sep 19, 2022, 1:48:20 PM
Meet Euticus Mwiti.
Mount Kenya Trust WRC Team 2022 #4Sep 19, 2022, 1:48:20 PM
Meet David Mwiraria.
Mount Kenya National Park - Mount Kenya TrustJul 14, 2022, 6:17:14 AM
The Mount Kenya Trust (MKT) works with local people, government agencies and development partners to conserve the unique natural resources of Africa’s second-highest mountain. MKT was established in 1999, due to growing concern for the forested expanse surrounding Mount Kenya. Extensive poaching of wildlife, logging of indigenous tree species, overgrazing and large-scale growing of marijuana were destroying the region. The Trust has been working around the mountain for over 20 years on various projects looking at wildlife conservation, forest restoration, water management and community development.
Donations made by participants in the Mount Kenya Trust final WRC day with the rangers. They joined us for 5k, 10 or the whole 21km. Huge thanks to all. People who couldn't join us also sent a donation. Hugely appreciative to you all!
An extremely worthwhile cause