Elephant Matters

Month: July 2017

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in HEC Mitigation

In the middle of February the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) approved the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) lifting a two-year ban. The not finalized drafts of the proposed regulations, based on the International Civil Aviation Organization’s drone policy, required that individuals could operate UAVs as long as they registered with authorities. IN THE NEWS Quartz Africa, Kenya has approved the commercial use of drones New Atlas, Kenya clears commercial drones for tak… Continue reading.

MEP Ranger Roles

Mara Elephant Project’s rangers are the backbone of all of our successes in saving elephant lives. They are not only responsible for the protection of elephants from poachers, but also human-elephant conflict mitigation, intelligence gathering and community relations. MEP’s relationship with the local people in the Maasai Mara is key to the success of keeping the Mara safe and the ecosystem thriving. The key component of being a MEP ranger is that you must, at all times; endeavor to maint… Continue reading.

The Only Helicopter in the Mara

Thanks to the generosity of Karen Blixen Camp and Ree Park Safari, Mara Elephant Project operates the only helicopter in the Mara. MEP has had use of the helicopter since 2015 and through this has been able to expand our operation area for rapid response to poaching, injured wildlife, and conflict by 4,000 km2. MEP CEO Marc Goss piloting the helicopter to move elephants to safety.  The helicopter is an essential tool in our human-elephant conflict toolkit and works well in coordination with… Continue reading.