Conflict to Co-Existence
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Mara Elephant Project (MEP) protects elephants to conserve the greater Mara ecosystem. Established in 2011, MEP’s focus on elephant protection in the Maasai Mara, Kenya in turn increases the protection of wildlife, communities and habitat in our expanding areas of operation.

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Land-use changes from human population growth, deforestation and poaching threaten elephants. Human-elephant conflict and habitat destruction 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.


Our approach is to monitor, evaluate and protect elephants in collaboration with key partners in the region. Our boots on the ground rangers, applied research and collaborative approach help us work towards our goal to maintain a harmonic balance between wildlife, communities and habitat and move the Mara from conflict to co-existence.

MEP Helicopter Used to Transport Injured Boy
On October 1, Mara Elephant Project received an urgent call from Jeffrey Wu that a young boy was charged by a cape buffalo and had serious injuries that needed immediate attention. While MEP’s Karen Blixen Camp Trust helicopter is most often used for protecting wildlife and mitigating conflict; it has been used previously for medical evacuation flights to ensure injured people are able to receive the medical attention they need as quickly as possible. When lives are in danger, people know t… Continue reading.
Prestigious Visitors, Ivory Busts and Increased Flying Time in August Report
In August, Mara Elephant Project had a first of its kind incident on Lake Victoria. Our intelligence team led us to Busia near Uganda where we were tracking 15 pieces of ivory coming out of Tanzania. The suspects decided the safest way to cross the border was via boat through Ugandan waters and then back into Kenya. While the suspects and the informant were on the water a Ugandan patrol boat approached them and they threw the six sacks of tusks overboard, rendering them lost forever in the de… Continue reading.
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