Month: August 2016

Month: August 2016

Elephant Herd

MEP 2015 Annual Report Shows Decline in Poaching

Mara Elephant Project has just released its 2015 Annual Report and it shows a decline in poaching in the Mara. We are proud to report that the number of carcasses has reduced from 85 in 2014 to 46 in 2015. In addition PIKE (Percentage of Illegally Killed Elephants) levels have also reduced by 19% from 2014 (73%) to 2015 (59%).   “During the period of January 2015 to December 2015 I am pleased to report a decline in elephant deaths compared with the last 3 years. MEP does not claim t… Continue reading.

Meet Collared Kegol

Kegol is one of Mara Elephant Project’s larger male elephants that we have collared and monitored. He’s around 50 years old and was collared in conjunction with our partners, Save the Elephants, in March of 2015. Kegol generally stays in the Mara North Conservancy, which helps us ensure his safety, but occasionally he’ll cross great distances like he did last month into Tanzania and spend some time in the Serengeti National Park. This is why Kegol is a good candidate for collaring, he… Continue reading.
Charcoal Burning

Charcoal Burning in the Mara

Charcoal burning around the Transmara area in Narok County in Africa has become a major threat to elephants and other keystone species because of the massive loss of habitat. The Nyakweri Forest in Narok County is the main affected area in the region by charcoal burning. This forest is a crucial rangeland for elephants. It not only provides key corridors for elephants to move between the Mara and Serengeti, but also is used as a breeding ground for them. Locals who own land in the fertile fo… Continue reading.