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This month we celebrated World Elephant Day by visiting our good friends at the Mara Elephant Project (MEP) in the Maasai Mara. MEP are the only dedicated wildlife protection group working in the area to protect wildlife from both the land and the air – they have a helicopter which they use to drive elephants away from danger, including villages and crops.
MEP work hard to protect animals, particularly elephants, from a number of factors which are leading to their decline. It was fascinating to learn that the ivory trade is slowing down (thanks to international efforts to combat the desire for ivory as a decorative piece. However, it was not all good news. Human-wildlife conflict (HWC) is on the rise as land ownership wars continue and human population grows.
We did the tour of the headquarters with Wilson, the Head Ranger. It was fascinating to see the collars that 18 elephants are wearing to help the team understand their whereabouts every day. The team use the data collected by the elephant collars and Google Earth to understand migration patterns and to stop potential danger before it even occurs.
It was a fascinating day and wonderful to meet that hardworking team who are dedicating their lives to protecting our heritage for both future Kenyan generations and also our guests who visit the Maasai Mara every year to see the incredible migration in full force.
Get in touch with us to book a visit to the Mara Elephant Project on your next safari here: firstname.lastname@example.org.