William Holden was the number one box office star for many years, starring in nearly 80 films, including an Oscar for “Stalag 17”. However, he took great pride in his role as a conservationist and founder of the WIlliam Holden Wildlife Foundation, Education Center and the Mount Kenya Safari Club and Game Ranch.
The William Holden Wildlife Education Center now spreads over 15 acres of land on the Slopes of Mt. Kenya, and includes a youth hostel, lecture hall, library, audio-visual facilities, llama compound, fish farm, tree nursery, bio-gas and solar energy installations.
In June of 2001 the Friends of Africa International Board visited the Foundation, and was treated to a personal tour by Don Hunt, co-founder. During their visit, Friends of Africa International presented a donation to the Wildlife Education Center for ongoing conservation support.