In the second quarter, Mara Elephant Project had the pleasure of hosting the team from Elephant Cooperation at our headquarters in Kenya. They have been supporting MEP since 2019 and most recently supported the drones and subsequent training of MEP rangers and researchers to mitigate conflict and collect data. We’re grateful for their continued support. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust continues their commitment to elephants by once again supporting MEP’s two ranger teams operating in the Mau Forest. The BAND Foundation once again supported the ranger unit operating to protect the wildlife and vital Loita Forest. We also received continued support from tourism partner Asilia, The Explorations Company and Foreningen Forsvara Elefanterna as well as contributions to the Fran Duthie African Elephant Conservation Scholarship.
In June, MEP celebrated World Female Ranger Week (WFRW), a time set aside to highlight the important conservation work undertaken by women on the frontlines of conservation. Related to the holiday, WFRW founder How Many Elephants supported three female rangers to attend an upcoming advanced tactical training at the Kenya Wildlife Service Kenya Wildlife Law Enforcement Academy. Thank you to our long-time supporter How Many Elephants for their commitment to female rangers.
MEP Conservation Manager Wilson Sairowua was featured on Kenyan radio station Mayian FM for a conversation about how MEP is working closely with local communities across the Mara. Thank you to all the listeners who joined in for the engaging conversation.
There were over 75 entries which benefitted MEP in the second quarter of the Greatest Maasai Mara photo competition. We’re extremely grateful for all of the support and below is just a small number of stunning entries.