A mixture of land-use changes resulting from human population growth, deforestation and poaching for elephants’ highly valuable ivory is causing populations to dwindle. Humans are encroaching upon historic elephant rangelands, and human-elephant conflict is on the rise. That, paired with the demand for ivory, means the illegal killing of elephants is at its highest level since the international ivory trade ban. The Mara Elephant Project saves and protects the African elephant population in the Mara by combatting poaching operations, collaring, monitoring and researching elephants, and protecting farmers and elephants across their large dispersal area.
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.
Read more about this initiative on http://www.elephantvoices.org and http://www.fb.com/elephantvoices