In the third quarter, Mara Elephant Project released the 2021 Annual Report and highlighted some of the organization’s achievements during the 10th year of operation. MEP celebrated World Ranger Day on July 31 and highlighted the launch of our newest ranger team in the Loita Forest, which was generously supported by a grant from The Band Foundation. MEP is extremely grateful for their continued support of our efforts to protect ecologically important places like Loita and the wildlife that call it home. In August, you joined MEP to Go Gray for World Elephant Day and showed your love on social media and by supporting MEP’s mission. MEP’s long-time supporter, Elephanatics, raised money to re-green the Mara, partnering with Seedballs Kenya to fund 125 kg of indigenous seedballs for MEP to distribute in areas of the Mara destroyed by illegal logging activity. On September 12, MEP celebrated 11 years of protecting elephants and their habitats across the Greater Mara Ecosystem. We are extremely grateful for your support over the years and every single donation, both big and small, matters.
A long-time tourism partner Asilia Africa is supporting MEP in 2022 with a $10,000 grant for the MEP Co-Existence Farm, we’re so grateful for their loyal support. We had many visitors to our campus in the Mara during the third quarter, and it’s great to see tourists coming to the Mara again to see the Great Migration. Thank you to our tourism partners for including MEP in their travel itineraries.
We had a total of 67 entries in The Greatest Maasai Mara photo competition in the third quarter that supported MEP. Thank you to all of the photographers for supporting us with your amazing entries.
Finally, in the third quarter, we were excited to announce that Janeth Jepkemboi was announced as the first ever recipient of the Fran Duthie African Elephant Conservation Scholarship distributed by MEP. Janeth is beginning her master’s program at Karatina University studying environmental science. Janeth’s parents worked hard to put her through high school, and she helped by doing fundraisers. To pursue her undergraduate degree, she took out loans and worked throughout. Janeth was an exceptional candidate for this scholarship generously supported by Fran Duthie and her family.