Urgent Appeal to Stop Mt Kenya Fire

For the past week a devastating fire has been raging across the Mount Kenya region. Fuelled by very high temperatures and winds, it has already destroyed 20,000 hectares of moorland within the mountain ecosystem. Tusk has provided $10,000 (£7,500) in emergency funding to help the Mount Kenya Trust prevent the spread of the fire and restrict the damage, but more is needed.

Mount Kenya Fire

Mount Kenya is a vital water tower, providing ecosystem services to millions of people and businesses in Kenya. Its slopes and foothills are covered with the largest single forest area in Kenya, holding important species like elephant, black rhino, leopard and mountain bongo.

If the fire that started a week ago continues to spread, its impact could be devastating. It is already dangerously close to the forest edge and in some areas the forest is starting to catch along with the bamboo habitats. It is too late to put in firebreaks, and the scale of the fire is making it difficult to control.  The Mount Kenya Trust (MKT) along with many local and international partners, are doing what they can to regain control, working with the Kenyan government and local communities around the clock. With the support of Tropic Air, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Kenya Forest Service, helicopters have been dropping water on the fire, but funding and resources are running out.

The firefighting team desperately needs more funding for helicopter hours, rations and equipment. Activities include getting people to the scene, dousing the area with water, and surveillance high up on the mountain. A total of $30,000 is needed to guarantee a further 15 hours minimum of flying.

Having already sent $10,000, we are appealing for donations to sustain the firefighting efforts trying to stop the fire entering the forest. Please click here to donate whatever you can.

Tusk Trust - Mt Kenya Trust

Mount Kenya Trust

The Mount Kenya Trust works with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), local communities and others to protect the forests of Mount Kenya. It operates patrol teams which remove traps and snares, arrest poachers and loggers, and fight forest fires.

Tusk Trust - Bongo

Mountain Bongo

The mountain bongo is a critically endangered subspecies of the bongo, one of the largest forest antelopes, with a reddish-brown coat, with black, white and yellow-white markings.

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