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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.

Diminishing Space

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

Colin Church New MEP Chairman by CEO Marc Goss
After serving as chairman of the Mara Elephant Project board of trustees for three years, Brian Health is stepping down as chair, but remaining on the board. Brian has presided over MEP’s start from just an idea to a boots on the ground project that is making an impact in the Mara. During Brian’s service to MEP’s board, MEP has increased our areas of operation, reduced poaching, expanded our partnership networkand elephant research database. Brian’s deep experience of the Mara has … Continue reading.
MEP Responds to Stranded Elephant Herd
Early in the morning on August 26, Mara Elephant Project received a report of a herd of over 10 elephants in Oloonkoliin across the Mara River in an area that was surrounded by settlements. MEP was able to respond at a moment’s notice thanks to the Karen Blixen Camp Trust Ree Park Safari helicopter and successfully pushed them back across the Mara River into the safety of the Mara North Conservancy. The helicopter proved to be vital to protecting these elephants, as we used it as a shiel… Continue reading.
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