Elephant Matters

Month: January 2018

Elephant “Earhart” Collaring Operation

Santiyan was a collared elephant that Mara Elephant Project helped monitor for World Wildlife Fund, who supported her original collaring. This elephant, and her large herd, was especially important to monitor and collect data on because of their location in relation to Nairobi. They are currently believed to be the closest herd to the large city, which proves the connectivity of the ecosystem is much larger in terms of how far it stretches to the east than previously assumed. Santiyan and he… Continue reading.

A Word About MEP Fundraising

Mara Elephant Project had significant contributions and plenty of good news to share to close out 2017. In October, an individual donor generously gave the full $26,000 amount to collar, monitor and collect data for three years on a critically endangered elephant in the Mau Forest. Since she contributed this full amount she was able to name the elephant “Nancy” after her sister who passed away. Nancy spotted in December with her herd of 60 in the Mau Forest. This would be a good time to … Continue reading.

A Letter from Tracking Manager Wilson Sairowua

As always, Mara Elephant Project rangers were extremely busy in the fourth quarter of 2017 protecting elephants to conserve the greater Mara ecosystem. We sent a MEP rapid response unit into the Mau Forest, which is a critically endangered habitat, not only for elephants, but also the mountain bongo. The information collected by MEP rangers while on the ground confirmed a massive amount of illegal logging and poaching happening in the forest. One of the maps demonstrating the Mau Forest mark… Continue reading.