The Mara Elephant Project’s local Maasai rangers have been a crucial part of the organization since the start and work tirelessly to protect elephants to conserve the greater Mara ecosystem, one of Kenya’s most important ecosystems. MEP’s rangers are at the forefront of our anti-poaching operations and human-elephant conflict mitigation efforts through boots on the ground initiatives, living out in the field for up to two-months at a time.
Their responsibilities include monitoring collared elephants; anti-poaching patrols; poacher arrests; collecting intelligence; removing bushmeat snares; shutting down habitat destruction activities; rapid-response and resolution of human-elephant conflict; 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
Since 2011, MEP has trained, deployed and managed over 50 rangers in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service.
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 and Ranger Campus. We provide competitive remuneration, equip them appropriately and deliver on incentives.
In 2019, MEP introduced the ranger school fees program, where each MEP ranger can apply for school fees to be provided in full for up to two of their children for a year for any level of schooling up to secondary level. The application process is offered to all MEP staff and rangers and you’re required to bring a school admission letter and fee structure which is all approved by MEP CEO Marc Goss and the MEP Trustee Board of Directors. The ranger school fees program supported 42 MEP rangers to send 84 children to school in 2019.