Elephant Matters

Month: May 2019

Meet MEP Original Collared Elephant Maddy

One of the key MEP approaches to fulfilling our mission is the collaring, monitoring and data collection on key elephant candidates in the Mara ecosystem. In 2011, MEP began with 10 elephants, focusing on candidates that provided interesting movement patterns, defined the extent of the ecosystem, were notorious crop raiders, represented a large herd, or were a security risk for communities. Maddy was one of those female elephants collared in December 2011 in the southern section of the Mara T… Continue reading.

MEP April 2019 Report

In April, Mara Elephant Project’s intelligence team got some solid leads out of northern Serengeti indicating that there is still a fair amount of elephant poaching going on for ivory. This continued threat to elephants shows that we need to continue to keep up the intelligence work across the border in partnership with the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA). MEP Monthly Report April 2019 In April, MEP collared elephant Ivy and her herd were crop raiding toward the end of in Kirindo… Continue reading.

Collared Elephant Caroline’s Mountaineering

Mara Elephant Project collared elephant Caroline is one of MEP’s longest continually tracked elephants in the Mara ecosystem. Originally collared in December 2011, Caroline has since been re-collared twice, February 2015 and May 2018, which has established a long-term record of her movements. Caroline photographed with her family herd. For the last few weeks, Caroline has been residing in an area with many human settlements. In response, MEP has setup a geo-fence, a virtual barrier that al… Continue reading.