It's been a busy few months with very positive news to report, as well as the very sad news of Mountain Bull's death at the hand of poachers in May. We sorely miss this big iconic bull elephant who was always in our hearts, even as he kept us on our toes with his fence-breaking, and road-crossing antics.
Humphrey Munene, our Field Co-ordinator, has been working with communities in the Ontulili area replanting in plots where seedlings planted in March were affected by dry conditions while beginning to prepare for the short rains. We have now set up a new nursery site for our ongoing partnership with Safarilink.
In May the completion of the first phase of the Mount Kenya Fence project, led by Rhino Ark, was marked with a ceremony attended by all the partners. Mount Kenya Trust has made a sizable contribution via generous donors to Phase II of the fence which is being constructed in the Chogoria area. We continue to assist Rhino Ark and stakeholders with the project as a whole, particularly with respect to community engagement.
In August huge fires in the Marania area were extinguished following an overwhelming team effort involving the Kenya Forest Service, the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Ntrimiti community, Kisima Farm, Marania Farm and Mount Kenya Trust. The Mount Kenya Trust teams and management dropped everything to help out and we were able to feed an average of 100 people over 3 days with generous assistance from the members of the Mountain Club of Kenya.