Elephant Matters

MEP Q2 Research & Tracking Update

The second quarter of 2019 proved very busy for both the MEP research team and MEP’s collared elephants. In April, MEP Director of Research and Conservation Dr. Jake Wall focused on setting up and running MEP’s own EarthRanger, a platform developed by Vulcan Inc. based in Seattle that extends the real-time monitoring system Jake developed with Save The Elephants (STE) during his PhD. EarthRanger integrates data-streams from a wide variety of sources that is then stored and accessed secure… Continue reading.

MEP Q2 Ranger Update

  In the second quarter of 2019, MEP patrol rangers have been busy mitigating human-elephant conflict and intelligence rangers have had many notable arrests and ivory seizures along with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA). Pictured left: a flashbang being used by a MEP ranger to move elephants out of crops.   One suspect arrested on April 10 in possession of 13 kg of ivory.   In total, in the second quarter, MEP ranger units remove… Continue reading.

MEP Q2 CEO Update

The last three months have been busy for the entire Mara Elephant Project team. To begin with ranger activities, the MEP intelligence team continues to truly be one of MEP’s brightest jewels. Their intelligence was responsible for eight notable ivory arrests by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) in the second quarter of 2019 and the seizure of 120.6 kg of ivory (21 kg in April, 40 kg in May and 59.60 kg in June). This continued threat to elephan… Continue reading.