#MountKenyaTrust News Updates January 2020

Welcome 2020!

2019 was a year of fire fighting, tree planting, one way elephant gates and water harvesting.

Why not join our mountain team for some conservation activities this year? 10 ways to help below:

1. Take part in the 10to4 Mountain Race
With more and more events each year, there really is something for everyone. Whether it’s on two wheels, horseback or self-propelled e-bike, come and join us for a weekend of mountain adventures for every age group and ability. Places are filling fast so register now!

2. Come and plant some trees
We have planted over one million indigenous trees on Mt Kenya – help us reach two! Watch out for our events around March and October (our two planting seasons).

3. Join our Mountain Membership
Coming soon for exclusive mountain activities! Register your interest with bookings

4. Be part of the MKT Festival
From school art competitions, films and talks around town, we want to get people talking about Mt Kenya! Join the FB group here.

5. Follow us on social media – Facebook and Instagram
All of our news and updates are regularly posted so please follow us to keep up to date!

6. Hike the mountain
Join the Mt Kenya Climb in 2020 – dates to be released soon. Lake Ellis, Lake Michaelson, Point Lenana and beyond! Register your interest at bookings

7. Pick up ten pieces of rubbish and always say no to plastic straws and bottles
The amount of rubbish and litter we find all over the mountain is frightening. Last year, we did a litter pick on World Environment Day and this year we plan to collect kilometres of rubbish. Let’s say no to single-use plastic because we don’t want it on our mountain or in our rivers.

8. Visit our website and read about all of the projects we do
Water, fire, people, forest and wildlife – we work holistically to protect the mountains. Read more here.

9. Sponsor someone taking part in the 10to4
Don’t fancy the event this year but still want to help? All riders are asked to support their entry with sponsorship so if you know anyone taking part in the event, why not ask them for their sponsorship form.

10. Tag us on your mountain adventures!
We love everything mountain so when you are on your trips, enjoying the outdoors or you see a great tree – tag us #mountkenyatrust

Here’s to 2020!

See you soon,

Mount Kenya Trust

With planning and preparation in full throw for the upcoming 10to4 Mountain Bike Challenge, taking place on 14th-16th February on Borana Conservancy, we want to give a huge shout out to Tropic Air (Title Sponsor), Dormans (Platinum Sponsor) – plus all our other amazingsponsors and partners for supporting the event.

Without sponsors to cover the core costs of the event, we simply could not go ahead and we are unbelievably grateful for everyone coming to the table and putting money into Mt Kenya’s future.

Please support our supporters! Choose Dormans next time you shop (good things happen over coffee, especially in the MKT office!) and follow Tropic Air Kenya’s awesome Instagram account here.

Our UK Trustee Alice Owen (far left) with her family and a friend having climbed Mount Kenya just before Christmas!

Batian Level Donors ($50,000+)
Minara Foundation, CHASE Africa, International Tree Foundation, The US Fish and Wildlife Service, Friends of the Nairobi Sailing and Sub Aqua Club, Friends of Environment Conservation Trust, African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Eden Wildlife Trust.

Nelion Level Donors ($25,000+)
Timaflor, Tropic Air, Tusk Trust via the Safaricom Marathon, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Hugh Sloane, Zurich Zoo, Disney: Reverse the Decline, World Conservation Society, Rapid Response Facility.

Lenana Level ($10,000+)
European Outdoor Conservation Association, Thin Green Line Foundation, Elephant Cooperation, BATUK, International Elephant Foundation, The Featherbys, Anonymous, Safarilink, Dormans, Tusk Trust.

Coryndon Level (<$10,000 & in kind)
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, The Rufford Foundation, Bunson Travel, Gill Tree, Nick Hornby, Humphrey Carey, The Grasshopper Club, Cookswell Jikos, Mountain Club of Kenya, Kisima Farm,
Marania Farm, Ol Donyo Farm, Steve Strong, Friends of Africa International

Thank you to everyone for visiting our tree nursery at Turaco Farm.

Our partners: We wouldn’t be able to keep up the good work without our most important supporting & operational partners. These include
The Kenya Wildlife Service, The Kenya Forest Service, Rhino Ark, Kisima Farm, Marania Farm, Tropic Air, The Woodcock Family, Greystones Development Company, Borana Conservancy, African Ascents and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

Special thanks to Anne Tissier for her time and support.

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