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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
MEP Trustee Receives OBE
Colin Church, a Mara Elephant Project Kenya Trustee, was recognized in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2017 with the Order of the British Empire. It’s a civil award that was presented to him for his services to conservation, the environment and the community in Kenya. Though granted in 2017, Colin just recently ventured to Buckingham Palace to receive his medal from the Duke of Cambridge in a ceremony that took place on June 15, 2018. Colin is the former chairman of the Rhino Ark M… Continue reading.
The Cognition of `Nuisance’ Species
A new study was in released in May, The Cognition of `Nuisance’ Species, by Lisa P. Barretta, Lauren Stantona and Sarah Benson-Amram in which the researchers looked at how animals respond to new or changing environments. They state that although many species are currently in decline, other species are thriving in human-altered habitats by taking advantage of new resources and opportunities associated with anthropogenic disturbance. Yet, as a result, these same species are often in confl… Continue reading.
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