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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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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
Elephant Treatment & Collaring
On June 15, Mara Elephant Project in partnership with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) collared a bull elephant, Shamba, that was injured after being caught in farms by rapidly rising waters across the Mara River. In addition to his new collar, KWS Vet Dr. Limo and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Mara Mobile Vet Unit removed four arrows and treated a spear wound. The arrows and spears removed from Shamba. The satellite collar allowed us to not only monitor his recovery, but also react to his future… Continue reading.
Ritan Collaring
  On June 11, at the request of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Mara Elephant Project joined an expert team to collar a male elephant in the Sachangwan area Mt. Londian forest block of the extensive Mau Forest Complex in Molo, Nakuru. The collar was supported by MEP partner Save The Elephants. This portion of forest is no longer connected to the larger contiguous Mau Forest Complex; however, that doesn’t diminish the important need to protect it. Illegal loggers, and bushmeat poachers th… Continue reading.
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