Incidences of human elephant conflict and poaching continue to grow as the population in Africa expands and the economy in many countries weakens. Protected areas are becoming extremely fragile. Conservation projects such as Elephant Aware Masai Mara safeguard elephants and other wildlife through ranger patrols, protection of wildlife corridors and veterinary care for injured or orphaned wildlife. Elephant Aware was initiated in 2008 by Nick and Elizabeth Cowell in response to the unprecedented increase in poaching of elephants. Today Elephant Aware has grown as an elephant and wildlife conservation project and employs Masai rangers who patrol 24/7 for poachers, locate and report injured animals for veterinary care, remove snares, report suspicious activity and work with landowners on methods to avoid human elephant conflict. They depend solely on donations to fund the Project which aims to preserve wildlife and wild lands and sustain key wildlife corridors.
Elephant Aware, based in southern Kenya, needs our support to build out more ranger stations closer to areas of human and elephant conflict and expand their central base of operations to include new and upgraded infrastructure including installation of a ranger-based monitoring system (SMART) and provide computers.