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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

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MEP September Report
In September, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Mau De-Snaring Unit rangers along with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) arrested a bushmeat poacher and confiscated 11 poison arrows in the Mau Forest. They also destroyed six kilns, four sacks of charcoal, one pit saw and removed 61 snares. MEP rangers also confiscated 6,410 cedar posts in Loita and 10 podo posts. In total, the Transmara team destroyed 36 kilns in the Nyakweri Forest and 16 kilns elsewhere along with three sacks of charcoal. Snares re… Continue reading.
Pardamat De-Fencing by Wilson Sairowua
Over 1,000 acres of fenced land in Narok County will be opened up to wildlife thanks to the hard work of the Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA). MMWCA reports that 15 landowners residing near Pardamat Conservancy entered into an agreement with MMWCA to take down their fences and allow the 15 parcels of land to be opened to wildlife. This agreement between landowners and MMWCA to open up this area to wildlife will hopefully set an example for others to do the same. Members… Continue reading.
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