Though the Mara Elephant Project’s main mission is to protect the African elephants in the Mara, we always recognize the importance of other endangered keystone species that share our ecosystem. Today, none is more so important than the black rhinos that have populations dwindling to below 600 in Kenya according to Earth Watch Institute.
That’s why on June 17 when MEP received a call from a Kenya Wildlife Service vet inside the Maasai Mara National Reserve that a black rhino was found wounded by their rhino team; MEP was prepared to help. The area in which the rhino was found was covered in thick bush and the vet was not able to approach the rhino safely. MEP responded with their Karen Blixen Camp Ree Park Safari Robinson R44 helicopter and, with the help of the KWS vet, was able to tranquilize and treat the wounded rhino.
MEP’s use of the helicopter is essential to a quick response in the time of wildlife crisis and, with the expensive fuel and operations cost, your support for the use of the helicopter is an immediate need.
MEP’s partnerships in the Maasai Mara are essential to, not only our successes, but that of our partners and the keystone wildlife in the area that need our help. Thank you to the Maasai Mara National Reserve staff, KWS and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust vets.