The Mara Elephant Project’s rangers have been a crucial part of our team since the start. All rangers have undergone extensive tactical training that includes the basics as well as medical, patrol and forensics specialties. The rangers live in the field and operate in five-man teams. Their responsibilities include: visiting collared elephants in poaching hot spots, anti-poaching patrols, poacher arrests, updating poaching reports, rapid-response and resolution of human-elephant conflict, collecting intelligence and communicating with communities.
“THE BACKBONE OF THE MARA ELEPHANT PROJECT ARE THE RANGERS. THEY’RE FROM THIS AREA. THEY’RE AMBASSADORS IN THE COMMUNITY. THEY ARE TAKING OWNERSHIP OF BEING ABLE TO RESPOND EFFECTIVELY.” Marc Goss, CEO, Mara Elephant Project
MEP believes in investing in our rangers; they are ambassadors for conservation. We develop their skill sets through medic and commander training provided by 51 Degrees Limited, provide competitive remuneration, equip them appropriately and deliver on incentives. We reward hard work and arrests with bonuses and awards like the Quarter Award for rangers who have excelled above and beyond expectations.