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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
The rapid and global spread of the COVID-19 virus has brought with it challenging future implications for conservation, particularly elephant conservation in Kenya. Mara Elephant Project (MEP) is deeply concerned about the pending socio-economic downturn that has been predicted and what that means for the communities we work so closely with to protect Kenya’s iconic elephants and the Mara ecosystem. MEP would like to take this opportunity to update you about our response to the current sit… Continue reading.
Transmara Conflict Hotspot
The Transmara side of the Mara River has been a conflict hotspot for a long time because farming comes right up to the banks of the Mara River and on the other side of the river is the Mara North Conservancy, creating an easily accessible spot for elephants to cross from the safety of the conservancy into farms and get back with ease. This area also happens to be quite close to MEP HQ. While our rangers and the Karen Blixen Camp Trust helicopter are often responding to conflict in this area, … Continue reading.
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