We work to educate local people about the importance of elephants to Kenya’s ecosystem and economy. We teach methods necessary to avoid dangerous confrontation and promote cohabitation.
There is a big opportunity to use creativity in developing new ways to keep elephants away from farms and out of harm’s way. The Mara Elephant Project supports and conducts research using new and old technologies to help communities and elephants live in harmony. We believe that with enough space and food elephants will stay out of farms, but until then, we have to find a way to live together.
Our trusted work with local tribal and community leaders has vastly expanded MEP’s reach in the Mara.
MEP invests in education. We support the salary of a teacher at a grade school in a poaching hotspot of the Mara because we believe that by teaching local primary school children about the true importance of wildlife in the Mara, elephants included, they will view these creatures as an added value to their homeland.
“I’M TEACHING MY STUDENTS HERE THAT WHEN SOMEBODY KILLS ANIMALS WE CALL HIM A POACHER. MY PUPILS LEARN TO SECURE ELEPHANTS BY GO AND MOBILIZE THEIR PARENTS TO GIVE ELEPHANTS SECURITY.” Peter Nkuruwa, Teacher, Kerero Primary School
“ONE OF THE THINGS WE LIKE TO DO WITH THE WILDLIFE CLUBS THAT WE’VE STARTED IS BRING RANGERS IN AND SHOW TO THE CHILDREN WHO THE RANGERS ARE, GET TO KNOW THEM.” Marc Goss, CEO, Mara Elephant Project
MEP established a Wildlife Club starting in 2014. We are in one school across the Mara and now have 60 students participating. We bring rangers in to do educational presentations in schools. This not only educates the children, but it also shows them that local rangers are pillars of the community worthy of respect and admiration. Field trips are equally as important as class time. We take the children on game-viewing drives and to the MEP headquarters to engage with wildlife and their protectors.
“IF WE HAVE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE DEVELOPING INTO THESE CUSTODIANS OF THE ECOSYSTEM, I THINK WE’RE MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE.” Marc Goss, CEO, Mara Elephant Project