#InvestInOurPlanet on #EarthDay by investing in young Kenyans working tirelessly to protect it. Mara Elephant Project is excited to announce the addition of a brand-new ranger unit dedicated to protecting the “Forest of the Lost Child” (Naminina Enkiyio) otherwise known as the Loita Forest. We currently have two ranger teams operating in the Loita Forest, and due to increased security concerns, we’ve decided to launch a third in the Isokon portion of Loita.
Recruitment was held on March 8 and 34 young Kenyan men and women showed up to the recruitment overseen by MEP’s Assistant Senior Warden Jackson Maitai, the MEP “Echo” ranger unit (stationed in the Loita) and CEO Marc Goss. The recruitment started with a 3 km timed run and the first runner came in at a brisk pace of 14 minutes and most ran barefoot. After this, they were interviewed by Marc and Maitai. There were many candidates that spoke about the importance of the sacred forest to their family’s history and how critical protecting the forest is to ensure that the rivers continue to flow in the Greater Mara Ecosystem.
The field was narrowed down to five candidates that will join MEP at headquarters for training. We can’t wait to introduce you to the new rangers once training has been completed. Through donors like you, MEP is able to invest in our planet by investing in the future conservationists who are going to combat climate change by protecting wildlife, wild spaces and engaging communities to promote co-existence.