eMAP (Elephant Monitoring and Anti-Poaching) - Tsavo, Kenya
Taita Ranches and Conservancies in the greater Tsavo ecosystem seasonally host the highest concentration of elephants in Kenya and are a popular tourist destination, but also suffer high rates of poaching – with 60% of all poaching in Kenya in 2014 occurring in Tsavo ecosystem. It also has the highest incidence of human-elephant conflict in the country, resulting in resentment from the local communities. This project, proposed by Tsavo Conservation Group, will deploy a comprehensive, community based elephant monitoring network across the entire Taita ecosystem. Recruited from local communities and trained professionally, a team of 14 eMAP monitors, each responsible for a specific zone, will collate vital data on poaching, human-elephant conflict and elephant movements. This will inform community anti-poaching operations spanning the 1.4 million-acre expanse of the Taita Ranches and Conservancies and support the design and implementation of appropriate human-elephant conflict mitigation measures in this region.