Month: May 2016

Month: May 2016

Rhobinson Helicopter

A Message From Mara Elephant Project CEO Marc Goss

The Mara is exceptionally green at the moment and we still expect more rain! I wanted to share some great news; this year so far we have seen a decline in poaching overall! In 2015 MEP along with our partner Kenya Wildlife Service arrested 73 poachers, facilitators and dealers. These arrests resulted in the recovery of 449 kg of ivory and led to a drop in poached elephants. In 2014 we lost 85 elephants and last year this declined to 46. There are still a few poachers at large this year and w… Continue reading.

Congratulations Ranger of the Quarter: Jackson Koonyi

  In October 2015 Mara Elephant Project created the Ranger of the Quarter Award to acknowledge rangers that excel in the line of duty including discipline, bravery, community engagement and leadership. Since starting the award, there have been three winners and the most recent recipient is Jackson Koonyi. Jackson won for his exceptional community engagement. He has been instrumental in engaging with communities to stop human-wildlife conflict.     Jackson’s connection with t… Continue reading.
HEC Toolkit helicopter

Human-Elephant Conflict Toolkit: Helicopter

One of the most crucial tools in MEP’s HEC Toolkit is the use of a Robinson R44 helicopter. Thanks to the generous support of our partner Karen Blixen Camp, we are able to deploy the helicopter on a number of missions that can protect human and elephant lives in conflict situations.       What’s the nuisance? Well, elephants. Many locals have acres of farmland that can all be wiped out by a herd of elephants in one night’s time. Retaliation from farmers over crop raiding… Continue reading.