BATUK families lend a hand at the Mount Kenya Conservancy

BATUK at the Mount Kenya Conservancy
BATUK families have been volunteering at the Mount Kenya Conservancy. Photo: Facebook/BATUKOfficial

Family members of the British Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) personnel have been volunteering at the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy.

The Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy was formed in 2004 as a non-profit trust and aims to prevent extinction by breeding rare and endangered species for rehabilitation to their ancestral wilderness homes.

BATUK at Mount Kenya Conservancy
BATUK volunteers lend a hand maintaining the enclosures at the Mount Kenya Conservancy. Photo: Facebook/BATUKOfficial

Their mission is to look after and re-release animals rescued by the Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) from injury, loss of habitat, cruelty or as a result of human wildlife conflict.

BATUK at Mount Kenya Conservancy
One of the BATUK volunteers raking at the Mount Kenya Conservancy. Photo: Facebook/BATUKOfficial

Ongoing breeding programs for release include the shy and elusive suni antelope, the colourful colobus monkeys, patas monkeys, the magnificent and rare mountain bongo antelope and the rare white zebra. A cheetah breeding facility has also been built and efforts there are ongoing.

These programs are supported by sponsors from Kenya, Europe, Asia, and the United States.

BATUK at Mount Kenya Conservancy
BATUK volunteers hosing down a wall at the Mount Kenya Conservancy. Photo: Facebook/BATUKOfficial

During their time at the conservancy, BATUK volunteers spent their time helping to repair, clean and refurbish animal enclosures. They also had the opportunity to feed and care for the animals which include monkeys, cheetahs, leopards, ostriches and much much more.

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