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Mara Elephant Project

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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
New HEC Tool: Flashing Light Fences
Mara Elephant Project has a human-elephant toolkit that we consider to be our best practices in mitigating human-elephant conflict. All of the methods found in this toolkit are practices we’ve seen to be effective from partners and implemented, for example the use of a helicopter, or are practices we’ve tested and made into our own, like chili fences and unmanned aerial vehicles. One such method that is new for MEP and has exciting potential are flashing light fences. MEP got the idea fro… Continue reading.
The Poaching of Collared Elephant Mytene
Mara Elephant Project is sad to announce that one of our collared large bull elephants, Mytene, was poached on April 10 on the border of the Serengeti National Park and Loliondo in the Ngorongoro district. Mytene’s carcass found after receiving the immobility alert.   MEP received an immobility alert on the Save The Elephants (STE) tracking system for Mytene’s collar that allowed us to alert our partners at the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA). MEP sent Mytene’s loca… Continue reading.
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