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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.

Poaching
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
Protected: MEP Q4 Research & Tracking Report
The Research Report for the fourth quarter begins with a happy announcement which is that the Director of Research and Conservation Dr. Jake Wall and his fiancé Christina Toms welcomed a healthy baby boy in early October. It was good timing as Jake spent the two weeks prior in the United States on a fundraising trip where he and MEP CEO Marc Goss presented at the Google Headquarters in California. MEP CEO Marc Goss and Director of Research & Conservation at Google HQ. The fence mapping … Continue reading.
Protected: MEP Q4 CEO Report
The Mara Elephant Project rangers finished 2019 strong and the intelligence department contributed to two notable arrests in the fourth quarter and the seizure of 13.5 kg of ivory. In the fourth quarter, Mara Elephant Project rangers were tasked with focusing on habitat protection activities specifically in the Loita, Mau and Nyakweri forests. This has been quite a challenge for our rangers as communities still rely heavily on cedar and other hardwoods for their houses, fences or firewood and… Continue reading.
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