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Monitoring Megas

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MPALA WILDLIFE FOUNDATION via Crowdrise
November 05, 2010

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THE STORY:

Elephants are squeezed into smaller areas every year as their habitats are consumed by human development. On top of that, they are facing an ugly resurgence in trade for their ivory. Around the world, elephant populations are declining, but the populations here remain healthy… for now.

Mpala lies at the crossroads of important corridors for ~7,000 elephants that make an annual trek across Laikipia. We strive to provide a safe haven for these travelers and those elephants who call Mpala “home”.

Identifying elephants isn’t hard and with a little practice, it can be like walking into a party and quickly figuring out whether your friends are in the crowd. Like people, elephants are all different. Tusks can be long and straight or short and stumpy. Ears – although all big – have collections of tears and holes that help tell Joe from Sam or Betty from Margot.

By keeping track of who’s who we can answer important questions like ‘How many elephants does Mpala support?’, ‘Are their numbers increasing or decreasing?’, ‘What habitats do they like best or can’t live without?’, and ‘What are the patterns of coming and going?’ Answers to all those questions are critical to help us conserve elephants and to monitor our success or failure in attempting to do so.

Our scouts go out daily in search of elephants to snap their portraits. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to capture the distinguishing features of an individual elephant, but getting close enough for a clear shot can sometimes be a challenge. Mothers can be protective and bulls ornery when full of testosterone, so every encounter with an elephant is treated with caution.

All photos are filed on computers and compared against our database of pictures to identify each individual. From these pictures, we build portfolios of family histories, movement patterns and preferred habitats.

We are developing ways to make our database available to everyone on the Web so locals and tourists alike can upload their elephant photos and identify which individual they’ve seen. In return, we can share what we know about the elephant’s family, its favorite haunts, and personality. This way we can keep track elephants beyond Mpala and gain a better understanding of their movements, their needs and where they might be most at risk.

We need your help to:
Keep our Land Rovers running ~ $5000/yr
Support our Kenyan research assistants - $250/mon
Hire somebody to create our online elephant database - $10,000

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To This Fundraiser

$650

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Katherine Schmerzler

    $50

  • Scott Shomer

    $100

  • Corinna Riginos

    $50

  • Lenore and Ralph Budd

    $100

  • Sarah and Arthur

    $100

  • Corinna Riginos

    $100

  • Mia Di Taranto

    $100

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The Team: $650 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Mia Di Taranto

Mia Di Taranto

DONATION: $100

My donation is to adopt an elephant. 5 years ago

Corinna Riginos

Corinna Riginos

DONATION: $100

To adopt 2 elephants 5 years ago

Sarah and Arthur

Sarah and Arthur

DONATION: $100

Adopt-an-Ele Program 5 years ago

Lenore and Ralph Budd

Lenore and Ralph Budd

DONATION: $100

We would like to adopt a female elephant ("Gertrude") in honor and encouragement of Laura H. Budd on the Mpala staff. 5 years ago

Corinna Riginos

Corinna Riginos

DONATION: $50

6 years ago

Scott Shomer

Scott Shomer

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Katherine Schmerzler

Katherine Schmerzler

DONATION: $50

To help all the Elephants 6 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

6 years ago