The Mara Elephant Project’s rangers have been a crucial part of the organization since the start. The rangers live in the field and operate in five-man teams. Their responsibilities include: visiting collared elephants in poaching hot spots, anti-poaching patrols, poacher arrests, rapid-response and resolution of human-elephant conflict, erecting chili fences, removing snares, collecting intelligence and communicating with communities. MEP’s relationship with the local people in the Maasai Mara is key to successfully saving elephant lives thus keeping the ecosystem thriving. Being a MEP ranger means that you must, at all times, endeavor to maintain good relations with the public.
“THE BACKBONE OF THE MARA ELEPHANT PROJECT ARE THE RANGERS. THEY’RE FROM THIS AREA. THEY’RE AMBASSADORS IN THE COMMUNITY. THEY ARE TAKING OWNERSHIP OF BEING ABLE TO RESPOND EFFECTIVELY.” Marc Goss, CEO, Mara Elephant Project
In MEP’s first five years (2012-2016) we have trained, deployed and managed a team of 31 rangers; trained, deployed and managed three intelligence rangers; and attached 10 armed Kenya Wildlife Service rangers and 10 Narok County Government rangers alongside MEP.
MEP believes in investing in our rangers; they are ambassadors for conservation. All MEP rangers have undergone extensive tactical and basic medical training provided by 51 Degrees Limited. We provide competitive remuneration, equip them appropriately and deliver on incentives. We reward hard work and arrests with bonuses and awards, like the Ranger of the Quarter, for rangers who have excelled above and beyond expectations.