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Mara Elephant Project

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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’ highly 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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We save and protect the African elephant population in the Mara by combatting poaching operations, collaring, monitoring and researching elephants, and protecting farmers and elephants across their large dispersal area.

Elephant Collaring, Monitoring and Research
Anti-Poaching Patrols & Rapid Response Units
Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation
Fraudulent Elephant Organization Busted
Mara Elephant Project noticed that an “organization” named Safeguard Elephants was using MEP photos and wording on their social media channels to raise funds to protect elephants. After doing some simple investigative work online, it became very evident that the website Safeguard Elephants had set up, had an operational “donate” page, and not much else.   A recent Instagram post where they feature a MEP elephant collaring operation while soliciting donations for their organizati… Continue reading.
MEP June 2018 Report
MEP Monthly Report June 2018 The Mara has started to dry up and, as maize crops ripen, human-elephant conflict (HEC) is on the rise in all areas of MEP operations except Isokon in the Transmara where farmers have not planted yet. MEP rangers continue filling out MEP HEC forms and mitigation forms and bringing them to MEP HQ at the end of the month for data to be entered into DAS. This month there was an increase in the human-elephant conflict cases in the Lemek and Munyas area. In Lemek and … Continue reading.
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