Mara Elephant Project had much to celebrate in the third quarter, World Ranger Day, World Elephant Day, World Tourism Day, MEP’s 12th Anniversary and MEP staff attended several events and conferences to build new partnerships and connect with current partners. MEP attended the 2-day Wildscreen hub event in Nairobi which works to advance natural world storytelling, the Africa Climate Summit was also hosted in Nairobi and MEP staff attended the event to advance our opportunities for collaboration in conservation and ensure alignment with global strategies in climate action and conservation. In September, MEP was honored to attend the 2023 Indianapolis Prize Gala in Indianapolis, IN, USA. An event that recognizes the heroic conservationists who are saving the earth’s most endangered species. During this event, we hosted MEP USA Board Member Erica Dillow and long-time MEP champion John Dillow, Director of EarthRanger Jes Lefcourt and his wife Maria and a long-time MEP champion Lori Price. We thank MEP Co-Founder Suzie Fehsenfeld for her support that enabled MEP to attend. MEP Communications Officer Dibblex Lesalon also participated in 3-day photography workshop hosted by Wildlife Direct and led by renowned photographer Jeroen Swolfs. The workshop focused on using smartphones to capture compelling images.
MEP is extremely grateful for everyone’s support in the third quarter. Thanks to support from How Many Elephants, Föreningen Försvara Elefanterna, Elephanatics and many individuals, MEP sent nine rangers to attend advanced training with our government partner Kenya Wildlife Service. Thank you to the Leslie L Alexander Foundation for their continued support and to the Lucy Byrd Pegau estate, her legacy supporting animal welfare will continue with MEP. Thank you to Kampur Travel Diaries for their generous donation to support the launch of the MEP Co-Existence Farm education program. Thank you to several long-time supporters, the Angama Foundation, Asilia Giving and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for continuing their commitment to conservation.
Mara Elephant Project had a total of 60 entries in The Greatest Maasai Mara photo competition in the third quarter that supported our efforts. Thank you to all of the photographers for their continued support and to the Angama Foundation.