Month: July 2017

Month: July 2017

MEP Ivory Seizure in Loita

The Loita Forest has been one of the more recent additions to MEP’s area of operation. This lush area is perfect for elephants during both dry and rainy season and unfortunately, because of its isolated location, it’s also the perfect place for poachers. The lush Loita Forest. In the beginning of 2017, MEP had reports from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) of an elephant carcass that was suspected of being poached as well as gunfire heard in the area. This moved us into action. We deploye… Continue reading.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in HEC Mitigation

In the middle of February the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) approved the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) lifting a two-year ban. The not finalized drafts of the proposed regulations, based on the International Civil Aviation Organization’s drone policy, required that individuals could operate UAVs as long as they registered with authorities. IN THE NEWS Quartz Africa, Kenya has approved the commercial use of drones New Atlas, Kenya clears commercial drones for tak… Continue reading.

MEP Ranger Roles

Mara Elephant Project’s rangers are the backbone of all of our successes in saving elephant lives. They are not only responsible for the protection of elephants from poachers, but also human-elephant conflict mitigation, intelligence gathering and community relations. MEP’s relationship with the local people in the Maasai Mara is key to the success of keeping the Mara safe and the ecosystem thriving. The key component of being a MEP ranger is that you must, at all times; endeavor to maint… Continue reading.