Weʼve raised £4,270 to climb Mount Kenya in support of the Mountain Bongo, one of Kenya's most critically endangered species.
- Mount Kenya National Park
- Funded on Friday, 15th March 2019
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What we are doing:
From 20-24 February 2019, a group of 6 hikers will be taking on the challenge of climbing Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa. The 5-day trek will take us up to the Lenana peak at 4,985m altitude.
Why we are doing it:
Bench Events is proud to organise this charitable initiative in support of the Mountain Bongo. The Bongo is the largest forest antelope and is classified as critically endangered, facing an extremely high risk of extinction with less than one hundred left in the wild in Kenya. The graceful animal is shy and reclusive, and only lives in a few pockets of highland forests in Kenya – Mt. Kenya, the Aberdares, and Mau Forest.
The decline of the mountain bongo has been caused by habitat loss and illegal hunting with dogs. Disease (such as rinderpest) caught from grazing cattle is also thought to have been a significant factor in their historic decline.
Who we are supporting:
The Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy works to save this species through their breeding and repatriation programme, which currently has a herd or 72 bongos, growing the population to a size that can be reintroduced to the wild. As the current breeding area is not sufficient, their goal is to expand the breeding facility to an area where the bongos can be released to their natural range.
The funds raised for our Mt Kenya climb will be donated in full to the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy. These contributions will go directly towards the continued care and expansion of the Bongo herd and the building of a much larger sanctuary of prime Bongo habitat in the National Forest Reserve with a predator-proof fence, to allow the bongos to flourish and go back to the wild where they belong. We would be so grateful for your financial support, even the smallest of contributions would go a long way to help save this beautiful species!
About the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy:
All the young bongo at the MKWC are raised with as little human interference as possible. The Conservancy has a team of trained and dedicated staff that keep a watchful eye as these new mothers are encouraged to raise their young in a relative natural environment.
They make sure that plenty of fresh browse is available for the animals as well as fresh water, minerals and other veterinary requirements are met when necessary.
Meanwhile a small group of mature bongo have entered an advanced stage towards rehabilitation. They are kept in a forest wilderness area where they encounter other wild animals. A natural stream provides fresh mountain water and the vegetation is the same as they will find after their eventual release.
The Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy’s Bongo Rehabilitation program was named amongst the three most important wildlife projects worldwide in 2006 (by AZA)
We are grateful to all our supporters the world over without whom this project could not progress. The success of this program is directly dependent on your sponsorship.
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Mar 6, 2019
You guys are amazing! Well done- I'm so impressed!! xxx
Mar 4, 2019
Congratulations Sacha! SO pleased you had this amazing experience x
Feb 28, 2019
Well done Dunfords xx
Feb 28, 2019
Feb 26, 2019
Well done Sach and Mark!!
Feb 26, 2019
Congrats! Amazing work
Karl de Lacy
Feb 26, 2019
Great work! Congratulations
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