Elephant Matters

Bittersweet Collared Elephant News

It is with a heavy heart that Mara Elephant Project announces the passing of one of our oldest collared elephants, Hugo, on December 5.¬†Although a tremendous loss, the reward for our conservation efforts is Hugo was able to live to an old age spent in peace and pass away from natural causes rather than at the hands of malicious poachers. Hugo was a large bull elephant estimated to be over 50 years old and was the longest continually tracked bull elephant in the Mara ecosystem. He was origin… Continue reading.

MEP Supported Long-Term by Angama Foundation

On November 28, in Nairobi, the Angama Foundation hosted all of the beneficiaries of the Greatest Maasai Mara photography competition. MEP Director of Research and Conservation Jake Wall attended to receive a $20,300 check on behalf of Mara Elephant Project from the Angama Foundation. Overall, in 2019, MEP had 138 entries, the most of any organization. Jake Wall accepting the check on behalf of Mara Elephant Project at the event in Nairobi. There were 10 photographs competing for top prize i… Continue reading.

MEP November Report

This has been a busy month for Mara Elephant Project rangers who covered 1,345 kilometers on foot patrol, the most of any month so far in 2019. This extra patrolling accounted for an overall increase in incidents of illegal logging and charcoal production reported. In November, MEP rangers confiscated 4,140 illegal pieces of wood and destroyed 87 kilns mostly in the Mau, Loita and Nyakweri forests. The Karen Blixen Camp Trust helicopter was also used toward the end of the month to do some rec… Continue reading.