Elephant Matters

Month: January 2017

Elephant Speared

Speared Bull Rescue, Treatment & Death

On January 19 Mara Elephant Project received a call from the Warden of the Maasai Mara National Reserve (MMNR) to assist him in locating an injured bull elephant that had been reported. MEP CEO flew the Karen Blixen Camp Ree Park Safari Robinson R44 helicopter with the warden as a passenger and searched for 30 minutes looking for the injured elephant. Although the male bull elephant was in the middle of the MMNR, he had come from the Ololoolo Escarpment where there were recent reports of crop… Continue reading.
Elephant Snared

SNARES

Bushmeat is meat derived from illegally killed wildlife and has become an increasing problem in Africa. According to a 2014 Lion Aid report, every year between 120,000-160,000 animals are killed during the Serengeti migration by bushmeat poachers. Poachers set snares to support their illegal bushmeat trade. The snare is simple, cheap, lightweight, easy to make, easy to set up and nearly impossible to escape. The typical snare used in Africa is nothing more than a length of wire ending in a lo… Continue reading.
His Divine Holiness Stop Ivory

His Divine Holiness Supports MEP

On January 7 Mara Elephant Project had a very special visitor, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj, the spiritual leader of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, a worldwide center for spiritual, cultural and social welfare. His Divine Holiness was in town to visit the sects headquarters in Kenya and as part of his trip visited the Mara River Safari Lodge in Maasai Mara. During his time in the Mara, MEP was asked to visit him and he was so impressed with MEP’s… Continue reading.