The Loita Hills area of Kenya has seen an increase in poaching over the last two months. The drought in the area has pushed many herders into the area and elephants desperate for food and water have moved into areas ripe for poaching.
Mara Elephant Project needed to collect data on elephant movements in this critical area so that our rapid response team could effectively protect these elephants, arrest poachers and prevent further conflict. So, on February 17, MEP collared a female elephant r…
The Karen Blixen Camp Ree Park Safari helicopter is an essential tool to Mara Elephant Project’s operations. Funding the helicopter is of the upmost importance for keeping MEP moving toward our mission.
We flew 280 hours in 2016 and, due to an increase in human-elephant conflict, we plan on surpassing that in 2017. Each hour of flight requires $300 worth of fuel, but in that hour MEP can respond rapidly to mitigate human-elephant conflict that previously would take us days to respond to.
The Loita Forest, commonly known as Naimina Enkiyo, is home to elephants during the dry and rainy seasons. The isolated area has seen a steady increase in poaching every year and on January 15 a carcass was reported by Kenya Wildlife Service. After investigating, the cause of death was considered poaching, which pushed Mara Elephant Project to deploy a rapid response team of rangers in the Loita area as well as our intelligence team warden to reconnaissance the area.
In early February, MEP…