Elephant Matters

Month: February 2018

MEP Helicopter Remains Key to Partnerships

Mara Elephant Project operates the only helicopter dedicated to wildlife in the Mara thanks to the support of Karen Blixen Camp Trust and Ree Park Safari. When any of our partners operating in the Mara ecosystem need aerial assistance with wildlife, MEP is their first call.   This was the case on February 1, when MEP received a call from rangers operating in the Olarro Conservancy that had been tracking a wounded elephant that appeared to have bullet wounds in his side. They knew that Dr… Continue reading.

CoalitionWILD Director Visits MEP HQ

CoalitionWILD galvanizes, connects, and equips the world’s young change makers to tackle the planet’s greatest conservation and sustainability challenges. They work to elevate and drive forward innovative and inspiring projects by offering the connections, opportunities and tools to do so. Crista Valentino co-founded CoalitionWILD in 2013 after an invitation from the WILD Foundation to address the lack of support and visibility available to younger generations in the environmental sector… Continue reading.

Developing the Evidence Base

Mara Elephant Project is a data-driven organization. The data we collect not only informs all of our operations but also is shared with other organizations and leaders in Kenya to inform future land use planning. Currently, MEP’s 20 collared elephants provide a massive amount of data that is used daily to mitigate human-elephant conflict, inform ranger deployment and anti-poaching work, and promote transboundary cooperation within the wider ecosystem. The data collected from MEP’s elephan… Continue reading.