Mara Elephant Project (MEP) protects elephants to conserve the greater Mara ecosystem. Our goal is to protect all the wildlife across the rangeland from poaching and conflict with a focus on elephants. While protecting elephants from people, we will also protect people from elephants, and scientifically identify key habitats, which are crucial to protect in the long term. Our approach is to monitor, evaluate and protect elephants in collaboration with key partners in the region with the aim of maintaining a harmonic balance between wildlife, communities and habitat and move the Mara from conflict to co-existence.
MEP’s local Maasai rangers are at the forefront of our anti-poaching and habitat protection operations and human-elephant conflict mitigation efforts through boots on the ground initiatives, living out in the field for up to two-months at a time. MEP has a vast intelligence network that has been at the center of many arrests and seizures. MEP’s rapid response units immediately react to conflict to protect communities from the threat of crop raiding elephants. We also use data collected from elephants collared by MEP to provide a number of indicators to inform Kenya's national Elephant Action Plan and future spatial ecosystem plans that protect the Mara’s wildlife and the habitat upon which they depend.
As a non-profit organization, we rely completely on donations from individuals and foundations to undertake this work. Please join us to protect these elephants and ensure they have a sustainable future!