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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
Protected: A Word About MEP Fundraising
Mara Elephant Project had significant contributions and plenty of good news to share to close out 2017. In October, an individual donor generously gave the full $26,000 amount to collar, monitor and collect data for three years on a critically endangered elephant in the Mau Forest. Since she contributed this full amount she was able to name the elephant “Nancy” after her sister who passed away. Nancy spotted in December with her herd of 60 in the Mau Forest. This would be a good time to … Continue reading.
Protected: A Letter from Tracking Manager Wilson Sairowua
As always, Mara Elephant Project rangers were extremely busy in the fourth quarter of 2017 protecting elephants to conserve the greater Mara ecosystem. We established a new rapid response unit in the Mau Forest, which is a critically endangered habitat, not only for elephants, but also the mountain bongo. The information collected by MEP rangers while on the ground confirmed a massive amount of illegal logging and poaching happening in the forest. One of the maps demonstrating the Mau Forest … Continue reading.
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