Marc has worked in the greater Maasai Mara for 10 years, starting as manager for Olchoro Oiroua Conservancy and then Mara North Conservancy. Marc assembled the first Rapid Response Unit for MEP in 2011 and in 2013 started working full-time with MEP. Before Marc moved to the Mara he completed his bachelor’s degree at The Evergreen State College, Washington. During this time Marc started sustainable woodlot cycles and tracked the bongo antelope in Kenya’s Aberdare National Park under the guidance of Richard Leakey. He is also the current Kenya Wildlife Service Honorary Warden for the Maasai Mara.
Since 2011 James Ekiru has been the overall commander of the MEP field teams in Kenya. Ekiru started his conservation career in 1973 where he worked for Laikipia Ranching Company leading security teams for 20 years. He then moved to Rukina Ranch in Taita, Kenya where he led all field operations until moving to the Maasai Mara to work for Seiya Limited in 2008. James ran operations in the Olchoro Conservancy, Mara North Conservancy and Olare Orok Conservancy until starting to work for MEP full-time.
Wilson grew up in the Maasai Mara and joined the MEP team in 2015. Wilson’s role at MEP is all encompassing. He is tasked with tracking all 23 of MEP’s collared elephants and relaying their coordinates to MEP rangers in the field. He must keep up with the near real-time alerts for elephants in danger or a failed collar. He is also in charge of the backend data necessary to keep track of MEP ranger movements and various other data collected. Additionally, Wilson has taken a leading role in MEP’s school planting initiative, chili fence project and our upcoming unmanned aerial vehicle re-integration. After finishing high school, Wilson completed a diploma at the Maasai Mara University in social work and community development. He then taught children at the Olemoncho Primary School before joining MEP.
Claire studied journalism at Purdue University and pursues that passion through her work with MEP and the ESCAPE Foundation. She previously owned her own consulting company that provided marketing and social media management for small businesses in Indianapolis, IN. Email her, email@example.com.