The Trust was established in 1999 to protect Mount Kenya’s unique ecosystem of forests and Afro-alpine moorlands, and the wildlife they contain.
The forest zone is the largest remaining in Kenya and a vital water catchment area. With the help of funds from Born Free, the Trust funds conservation projects and works with local communities to minimise human-wildlife conflict and develop education programmes. With Born Free’s support the Trust is currently looking at the development of an elephant corridor between Mount Kenya's forest and the Ngare Ndare forest reserve. Historically there was a natural access route between the two forests, however, expanding human populations means the area was taken over by agriculture. Opening the corridor will mean a vital expansion of the habitat available to Mount Kenya's fragile elephant population.