Elephant Matters

Month: September 2018

The Importance of Collaring Elephants in Tanzania by Marc Goss

  The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest wildlife reserves in the world and in 1982 was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature. Located in the southern portion of Tanzania, it covers a total area of 50,000 km2 (the same size as Costa Rica) and is home to the mighty Rufiji River (pictured left) which flows into the Indian Ocean. Within the reserve no permanent human habitation or permanent structures are permitted and w… Continue reading.

HEC Injured Girl One Year Later by Wilson Sairowua

Mara Elephant Project wanted to update you on a story that was near and dear to my heart. In early November 2017, MEP received a call that a 6-year-old girl, Seema, was thrown onto sharp rocks by an elephant while out tending to her family’s cattle. There was a herd of five elephants in the area and unfortunately, they crossed paths with this little girl and her cattle. Read the original blog here. https://vimeo.com/242070959 When MEP received the call, rangers rushed to the girl’s locati… Continue reading.

The Importance of the Mau Forest by Chairman Colin Church

I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Mara Elephant Project CEO Marc Goss seeing firsthand the operations MEP is focusing on in the most threatened areas of the Mara ecosystem. The most impactful being the Mau Forest. The upper Mara River – deep in indigenous forest – Mara Mau West. The Mau Forest was said to hold 600 elephants in the 2016 Kenya Wildlife Service led count and is the stronghold of the iconic forest antelope – the Eastern Mountain Bongo (tregalaphus … Continue reading.