Conflict to Co-Existence
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Mara Elephant Project (MEP) protects elephants to conserve the greater Mara ecosystem. Established in 2011, MEP’s focus on elephant protection in the Maasai Mara, Kenya in turn increases the protection of wildlife, communities and habitat in our expanding areas of operation.

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Land-use changes from human population growth, deforestation and poaching threaten elephants. Human-elephant conflict and habitat destruction is on the rise. That, paired with the demand for ivory, means the illegal killing of elephants is at its highest level since the international ivory trade ban.


Our approach is to monitor, evaluate and protect elephants in collaboration with key partners in the region. Our boots on the ground rangers, applied research and collaborative approach help us work towards our goal to maintain a harmonic balance between wildlife, communities and habitat and move the Mara from conflict to co-existence.

Elephants Use Less of African Habitat Than Available Mostly Due to Humans
In a new paper led by Mara Elephant Project’s Director of Research and Conservation Dr. Jake Wall, new research has found that while elephants can live almost anywhere in Africa, their range is restricted by the growing human footprint and the available protected areas. The study combined tracking data from several organizations, including MEP, and analyzed it in relation to satellite imagery and other spatial covariates, and found that more than 62 percent of Africa remains suitable habit… Continue reading.
MEP Women’s History Month Highlight: Aileen Nkoitoi
In March the world celebrates Women’s History Month, and Mara Elephant Project is proud of our diverse workplace. While we often, rightfully so, feature the work our rangers are doing on the ground to protect the Mara’s wildlife, communities and habitat; we wanted to spotlight another important member of our staff this Women’s History Month, Aileen Nkoitoi. Aileen is an administrator at MEP, a key asset to our support staff, which have all played a crucial role to the well-being of our … Continue reading.
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