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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.

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

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SAWA Supports Mara Elephant Project
  Mara Elephant Project (MEP) was established in 2011 with the mission of protecting elephants to conserve the greater Mara ecosystem. The Maasai Mara ecosystem, an extension of the vast Serengeti ecosystem, is Kenya’s most important wildlife area and tourism asset. We are always amazed by the number of companies that sell Kenyan products and want to support conserving this irreplaceable asset.   The SAWA Shop is exactly that company, they are not only home to the perfect conver… Continue reading.
MEP July Report
The biggest story in July is that Mara Elephant Project along with our partners at Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) vet units successfully collared five new elephants in the Mara ecosystem. Collaring, monitoring and collecting data on elephants are key components to ensuring we meet our mission objectives. MEP has been using the real-time location data provided by the collars to monitor the movements of 400-600 elephants (estimated by spot counts during patr… Continue reading.
Supporting MEP