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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
MEP December Report
December was incredibly wet in the Mara and most days large downpours occurred. Though making travel around the Mara difficult for MEP ranger teams, we did start to see longer strands of grass inside the core areas of the conservancies which is fantastic for the long grass grazers, including elephants. We also witnessed an increase in elephant numbers near MEP HQ. MEP Monthly Report December 2019 Elephants in Lemek Conservancy enjoying the rain. We must start the December Report with the anno… Continue reading.
Bittersweet Collared Elephant News
It is with a heavy heart that Mara Elephant Project announces the passing of one of our oldest collared elephants, Hugo, on December 5. Although a tremendous loss, the reward for our conservation efforts is Hugo was able to live to an old age spent in peace and pass away from natural causes rather than at the hands of malicious poachers. Hugo was a large bull elephant estimated to be over 50 years old and was the longest continually tracked bull elephant in the Mara ecosystem. He was origin… Continue reading.
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