The Mara Elephant Project (MEP) brings together researchers and conservationists in an effort to help secure the future of African elephants. The project’s three-year plan has two major components: tracking up to 15 elephants to better understand their movements, and engaging the community through anti-poaching education.
Partners include Wildlife Conservation Network, Save the Elephants; the Kenya Wildlife Service; the Globe Foundation and the Mara Conservancy.
In 2011 ElephantVoices launched “Elephant Partners”, an elephant conservation project in the Maasai Mara ecosystem. The goal of Elephant Partners is to develop and maintain a working model for citizens to monitor and protect elephants. The concept is to connect individual people – guides, scouts, researchers, visitors and people of the Mara – with the lives of individual elephants. Through the use of online databases, social media and a smartphone app for data collection, the project is maintaining a community of people who are gathering data about the Mara elephants and working together to protect them.