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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
MEP Collars New Elephant In Response to HEC
Mara Elephant Project strives to immediately respond to human-elephant conflict (HEC) in multiple capacities. One, we respond to mitigate HEC using our rapid response ranger units with vehicles using flashbangs. Two, we use our Karen Blixen Camp Ree Park Safari helicopter to rapidly push elephants out of farmland to keep both them and the people safe. Finally, we collar elephant candidates that will gather useful spatial data meaning elephants in border areas, areas of conflict or areas outsi… Continue reading.
Human-Elephant Conflict Has a Season
Human-elephant conflict is on the rise as the space in the Mara diminishes. As the human population grows the rangeland demand for livestock and farming has increased which is pushing wild animals like elephants into smaller areas. This is resulting in the subdivision of land across much of the Mara landscape. The fragmentation of the ecosystem is blocking key elephant migration routes (corridors) and is rapidly accelerating human-elephant conflict (HEC), which is why HEC has become one of th… Continue reading.
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