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Protecting elephants to conserve the greater Mara ecosystem

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A mixture of land-use changes resulting from human population growth, deforestation and poaching for elephants’ valuable ivory is causing populations to dwindle. Humans are encroaching upon historic elephant rangelands, and human-elephant conflict 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.

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Diminishing Space

The MEP Method to protecting elephants in the greater Mara ecosystem includes anti-poaching patrols and rapid response units, elephant collaring, monitoring and research and human-elephant conflict mitigation.

 

Anti-Poaching Patrols & Rapid Response Units
Elephant Collaring, Monitoring and Research
Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation
When It Rains, It Pours – MEP’s April Report
April was again a very wet month here in the Mara and it was said locally that the Mara River is as high as at any time in recent memory. The main roads and three of the main bridges crossing the Mara River were impassable for a number of days effectively cutting off the Transmara from the Narok side of the county. (pictured left: Bridges running over the river and most of the Mara was flooded in April. Photo Credit: Brian Heath) Unfortunately, this flooding directly affected camps alongside… Continue reading.
MEP Q1 2020 Research & Tracking Report
  The year began by deploying two new elephant collars onto one female and one male elephant (Gina and Dicki) in the Shimba/Mwaluganje ecosystem. The Shimba elephants were badly affected by poaching in the last decade and reconnaissance of the area conducted with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) indicates poaching is still an issue. Little is known about their current distribution and range, which is why at the request of KWS, MEP deployed two collars in January to help give us an idea as to… Continue reading.
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