Since 2011 the Mara Elephant Project has been playing a critical on the ground role in defending the Mara’s elephants from poachers and responding to human-elephant conflict. The rangers of MEP are local people given long-term employment and the skills to be protectors and stewards for Kenya’s irreplaceable ecosystem.
“WHEN IT IS REPORTED THAT SOMEONE HAS KILLED WILDLIFE IN A CERTAIN AREA, WE ARE THE ONES TO RESPOND. WHEN ELEPHANTS ARE SEEN, WE ARE THE ONES TO RUN TO THEM. WE HAVE BECOME THE LARGEST DEFENSE FORCE IN ALL OF THE MARA THAT GUARDS THE WHOLE AREA.” James Ekiru, Core Commander, Mara Elephant Project
Since 2012 MEP has deployed a total of 31 rangers in the field.
- 8 rangers in 2012
- 15 rangers in 2013
- 20 rangers in 2014
- 31 rangers in 2015
1,200 hours of ranger training
Our rangers cover vast territory
- 4,500km2 or 1.1 million acres Rapid Response Unit
- 1,000km2 or 247,000 acres Patrol Unit
- 10,000km2 or 2.4 million Intelligence Unit