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Protecting elephants to conserve the greater Mara ecosystem

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A mixture of land-use changes resulting from human population growth, deforestation and poaching for elephants’ highly valuable ivory is causing populations to dwindle. Humans are encroaching upon historic elephant rangelands, and human-elephant conflict is on the rise. That, paired with the demand for ivory, means the illegal killing of elephants is at its highest level since the international ivory trade ban.

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We save and protect the African elephant population in the Mara by combatting poaching operations, collaring, monitoring and researching elephants, and protecting farmers and elephants across their large dispersal area.

Elephant Collaring, Monitoring and Research
Anti-Poaching Patrols & Rapid Response Units
Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation
National Geographic Photographer Visits the Mara
On September 12, National Geographic Photography Fellow Pete Muller was capturing a black rhino tagging in the Maasai Mara National Reserve (MMNR) that Mara Elephant Project partnered with the Mara Conservancy to execute. Mara Elephant Project does serve to protect elephants to conserve the greater Mara ecosystem; however, a healthy ecosystem requires that all species survive and thrive to ensure the Mara’s conservation. The Mara is as important to MEP’s mission as elephants. One does no… Continue reading.
MEP Suspends Aerial Monitoring of Collared Elephants
The latest crop raiding season in the Mara (June and July) was so active for the Mara Elephant Project’s Karen Blixen Camp Ree Park Safari helicopter, that in August we needed to suspend our aerial monitoring of all 23 collared elephants because we didn’t have the funds to continue with that important task. Helicopter Report August 2017     High crop raiding times come along when farmer’s crops are ripe and there hasn’t been much rain in the Mara. The lack of rain and other … Continue reading.
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