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Protecting elephants to conserve the greater Mara ecosystem

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The international demand for ivory from elephant tusks is growing. As more elephants die poaching becomes an even more profitable business. Poaching and increasing levels of human-elephant conflict threaten the elephant population in the Mara as human development continues to expand into the traditional elephant rangelands.

Poaching
Diminishing Space

We save and protect the African elephant population in the Mara by combatting the ruthless operations of poachers and fostering positive human-elephant relations.

Elephant Tracking
Anti-Poaching Patrols & Rapid Response Units
Human-Elephant Conflict Management
New Chili Fences Deter Elephants by Tracking Manager Wilson Sairowua
Mara Elephant Project has been responding to an increasing number of human-elephant conflict situations in the Mara since the rain has stopped and crops have ripened. The area of Munyas has experienced some of the worst conflict in all of our area of operation. Elephants are staging in the safety of the Enongishu Conservancy during the day and moving into farms at night. It’s suspected that this was the area where MEP collared elephant, Bobo, was speared last year. MEP rangers responding o… Continue reading.
Baby Elephant Attacked by a Predator
On May 20, 2017 the Mara Elephant Project received a call to help the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/Kenya Wildlife Service Mara Mobile Veterinary Unit locate and treat a wounded baby elephant. The calf had been spotted in the Mara Conservancy limping with wounds in the hind leg and missing it’s tail. MEP deployed the Karen Blixen Camp Ree Park Safari helicopter to help the vet locate the mother and baby who were hiding in thick forest. MEP used the helicopter to help safely separate the mo… Continue reading.
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