Elephant Matters

A Letter From MEP CEO Marc Goss

The third quarter at Mara Elephant Project was a good example of the complexities of our mission and the true difference between the intense human-elephant conflict (HEC) seasons and other times of the year. July was harvest in the Mara and with ripe crops and little to no rain, elephants were extremely tempted to crop raid and our number of HEC responses was greatly increased. Compare that to August and September when the harvest season was over and we didn’t use the Karen Blixen Camp Ree … Continue reading.

MEP’s August and September Monthly Report

August and September for Mara Elephant Project were really productive months. Since it wasn’t harvest season in the Mara we didn’t have as many incidents of human-elephant conflict (HEC), which allowed us to focus on some on-the-ground ranger operations. It also allowed MEP to ground the Karen Blixen Camp Ree Park Safari helicopter thus saving on fuel and hopefully catching up to our already depleted helicopter budget. Additionally, MEP CEO Marc Goss, who pilots the helicopter, was able t… Continue reading.

Support MEP’s Helicopter Operations

Mara Elephant Project (MEP) has been operating in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya since 2011 with the mission of protecting elephants to conserve the greater Mara ecosystem. The African elephant is in crisis. Across the continent, a mixture of land-use changes resulting from human population growth (expanding settlements, crop-based agriculture, fenced plots), deforestation and poaching for elephants’ highly-valuable ivory is causing their populations to dwindle. The growing needs of the Af… Continue reading.