Mara Elephant Project was featured on an April episode of Wildlife Warriors, which aired in Kenya. Thank you to Wildlife Direct and Paula Kahumbu for visiting MEP and featuring our work. In June and July, MEP’s Conservation Officer Wilson Sairowua participated in the Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism initiative at the Folklife Festival in Washington, DC. He interacted with thousands of visitors alongside our conservation partners from the Maasai Mara on the National Mall to present about elephant movement ecology and MEP’s work promoting co-existence. Wilson had a great time meeting everyone and being a tourist in DC since it’s his first time in America.
We celebrated Earth Day on April 22 by highlighting the training and recruitment of new and existing MEP staff tasked with protecting the planet’s wildlife and wild spaces. In June, we were excited to join How Many Elephants to celebrate World Female Ranger Week. We spent a week highlighting all of MEP’s amazing female rangers and their work. Thank you to everyone who joined us to donate. We also celebrated Madaraka Day, Father’s Day and World Environment Day with you all in June.
Thank you to everyone who supported Mara Elephant Project during the second quarter. Our loyal supporter Lori Price continued her commitment to MEP rangers with her annual support for the two Loita Forest ranger teams. Asilia Giving continues to be an important tourism partner, supporting us in May with a grant of $2,500 through MEP Trust in Kenya. Photographers James Lewin Photography, Pie Aerts Photography and Harry Blakey all partnered with MEP to donate a portion of their print sales. Additionally, Virtual Safari NFT is donating 40% of their net profits from their elephant collection back to MEP. We’ve already received a $90 donation in June and the support continues. We also received donations of a medical kit, several books for research and operations staff, flashlights and Swiss Army knives all from MEP’s Amazon Wish List. Thank you very much for everyone who sent items. We’d like to thank Explorers Against Extinction for their continued efforts to raise £10,000 to support the MEP Experimental Farm project in 2022. Finally, we launched a brand-new partnership in June with Thanksgiving Coffee Company. The Protect the Elephants coffee is now available, and every bag sold directly benefits MEP.
Thank you to all of the photographers who supported MEP with their second quarter entries in the Greatest Maasai Mara photo competition sponsored by Angama Foundation.
An April entry from Subi Sridharan.
A May entry from Julie Oldroyd.
A June entry from Chags Photography.