The Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy
• was formed as a non- profit Trust under the laws of Kenya in 2004
The Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy USA
• was established as a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization under the laws of the United States in 2005
The Board of Trustees
1) Chairman: Ms. Nyawira Kariuki
2) Trustee : Jane McKeand
Jane McKeand is the widow of one of the Conservancy’s founders, Julian McKeand. She serves on the Conservancy board since his untimely death. She is a keen and accomplished photographer, widely travelled in Africa. She is a past Chairman of the Kenya Horticultural Society as well as serving as a Trustee of the Nanyuki Cottage Hospital. She has lived in Kenya since 1970 and at the Mount Kenya Game Ranch since 1979.
He was educated in the United States at the University of Detroit.
In 1967 Don and his wife the late Iris Hunt co-founded the world famous Mount Kenya Game Ranch together with the late William Holden. As pioneers in animal capture and translocation they assisted the rehabilitation projects since the 1970ties.
4) Trustee: Mr. Ron Surratt
5) Trustee Ms. Margaret Mbaka
6) Trustee: Mr. Florian Schoeller
Florian Schoeller, born in Germany in 1974, was educated in Germany and the USA. He is a partner and CEO of the Scope Group, Berlin. As a dedicated conservationist, Florian visits Kenya and the M.K.W.C. as often as he can. He fundraises for the Conservancy in Germany and Europe.
7) Trustee: Mr. Oliver Barton
Donald Bunge : Technical Advisor to the Board and Wildlife Manager. He overseas the wildlife operations.
Beatrice Koskei : : Secretary to the Board and Member Relations Officer.
Ronald Masibo : Security Manager
Agnes Macharia : Administrator.
James Wachira : Accountant.
James Muraya : Orphanage supervisor
Other dedicated staff include: orphanage attendants, animal keepers, maintenance staff, security staff, game scouts, gardeners, and last not least our dedicated interns.
- To work together with our donors and circle of friends to preserve the environment and the wildlife within.
- To rescue, nurture and rehabilitate all wild creatures that need our help.
- To ensure that all donor funds are used for the purpose they were intended for.
In a recent meeting with Kenya Wildlife Service officials about the future releases of bongo back to Mount Kenya, the question of further funding was put to the board of the M.K.W.C.
It was pointed out to them that the Hunt family privately already spent over $2,000.000.00 on saving and breeding bongo in order to return them to the wild of Mount Kenya as a gift to the people of Kenya.
It was also pointed out to them that no member of the board receives any remuneration, expenses or any other form of payment whatsoever. Our work and efforts are voluntary and donated.
It is our collective hope that the Conservancy and its work will go on forever. In time a younger set will hopefully take over and to continue to develop the goals of the M.K.W.C.
We do look for change in the hopes that the next generation will come with the means to relieve us of the responsibilities when we can no longer do it all.
Shares in the Mount Kenya Game Ranch (owner of the land) must go on to be managed by like minded conservationists of independent means interested in continuing the ongoing work of the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy.
Proceeds from donations directly benefit the Conservancy’s goals, aiding the ongoing projects.
The Board Feels a Strong Responsibility
As with any charitable effort a common concern is making sure that the donations actually make an impact, rather than being whittled down by bureaucracy and overheads.
With a wealth of combined business experience, the hands-on board of the Conservancy is actively involved in its efficiency in terms of turning money into action. The board feels a strong responsibility towards our donors.
Overheads are kept to a minimum and donated money is channeled to what it was intended for: the survival of the animals and conservation of nature.