HELP TO SAVE OUR MOUNTAIN FORESTS AND THEIR ENDANGERED WILDLIFE
WHY IT MATTERS
The Aberdares, Mt. Kenya and the Mau mountain forests are key ‘water towers’ of Kenya. They are the source of major rivers that provide the much-needed water to Nairobi which is the main contributor to the country’s GDP. These rivers support the livelihoods of millions of households in the rural areas and are the lifeline of key conservation and tourism areas downstream. Together these three mountain ecosystems provide yearly ecological services to Kenya worth KES 412 billion ($4.12 billion).
These important forests include World Heritage Sites, Important Bird Areas and National Parks. The critically endangered Black rhino and Mountain bongo antelope, the African elephant and the vulnerable leopard are among the iconic wildlife species that inhabit them.
The forest-adjacent communities are critical to conservation of these forests. They are the front-line guardians. Conversely, they are the most directly dependent on the forests and also the most impacted by human-wildlife conflict.
HOW TO DONATE
1. Mobile money
2. Bank transfer
If you wish to make a donation by direct transfer to Rhino Ark’s bank account, kindly contact us on:
Telephone: +254 722 230 929
*If you wish to make a donation towards a Rhino Charge team, kindly indicate the specific car number.
WHAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED?
We welcome your kind donations to support our work. Your contributions help us achieve the following:
1. Fencing programme
Our comprehensive game-proof electrified fences help secure these prime indigenous forests and resolve human/wildlife conflict, keeping forest-adjacent communities engaged in conservation. One kilometre of electrified fence costs KES 2.5 million ($ 25,000). Once built, fences must be maintained continuously. We have 166 fence attendants maintaining our fences daily, supported by eight 4×4 vehicles. Fence maintenance costs KES 80,000 ($800) per kilometre per year.
2. Endangered species and forest conservation
Support our community-based patrol programme:
The Aberdare Joint Surveillance Unit (AJSU) is an elite, 7-man team of community scouts that patrols the Aberdare ecosystem. AJSU targets illegal activities such as logging, charcoal kilns, snaring and wildlife trapping. They also monitor wildlife abundance and distribution, gather intelligence information, and participate in forest fire fighting. KES 73,500 ($735) can cover a 2-week field mission.
In Eburu, a 5-man Foot Patrol Team responds to local intelligence reports to enact dark sting operations to catch would-be wildlife or forestry criminals. Their main targets are wildlife snares, illegal logging and charcoal kilns. KES 24,000 ($240) can cover a 2-day field operation.
Support forest rehabilitation:
Large areas of prime mountain forest habitats degraded by illegal human activities and forest fires need to be rehabilitated. Donate to help restore our mountain forests. KES 100 ($1) will enable planting and caring for a tree seedling.
3. Community conservation and livelihoods
Our community programmes are geared to reducing forest adjacent communities’ reliance on forest resources, improving their livelihoods, and raising their environmental awareness. These interventions result in their participation in forest conservation, adoption of on-farm best practices and improvement in incomes.