Our Partner

 ~If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.~

We strongly believe in the old African proverb which became a main guideline of MECEP. We are actively looking for multidisciplinary partnerships, believing that a permanent exchange of skills and knowledge is the prerequisite for developing a sustainable environmental management of Mount Elgon ecosystem and its inhabitants.
By constructive collaboration based on partnership, we are learning from each other’s expertise in conservation plannings and on-the-ground experience.


Learn more about our collaboration partner on the ground and the international expert network supporting MECEP in finding sustainable ways to ensure Elgon’s elephants future.

Kenya Wildlife Service

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) undertakes conservation and management of wildlife resources in- and outside Kenya’s protected areas, closely in collaboration with stakeholders. It manages the biodiversity of the country, protecting and conserving Kenya’s flora and fauna. As a state corporation, it was established in 1990 under an Act of Parliament Cap 376 (The Wildlife Conservation and Management Act) with the mandate to conserve and manage wildlife in Kenya, and to enforce related laws and regulations. KWS’ tasks compromise climate change, habitat degradation and loss, forest depletion, tourism market volatility, human wildlife conflict brought on by population growth and changing land use habits of communities that co-exist with wildlife as well as wildlife crime. The community wildlife program of KWS in collaboration with others encourages biodiversity conservation by communities living on land essential to wildlife, such as wildlife corridors and dispersal lands outside parks and reserves.

MECEP is currently negotiating with KWS.

Mount Elgon Regional Ecosystem Conservation Programme

Mount Elgon Regional Ecosystem Conservation Programme (MERECP) is a programme of the East African Community whose oversight, coordination and supervision is delegated to the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC). It was designed by IUCN through multi-stakeholder consultations, discussions and interaction with the East African Community Secretariat (EAC), governments of Kenya and Uganda through relevant national government agencies, local government/districts, user groups, NGOs, private sector, local communities, conservationists and researchers. The Mount Elgon ecosystem faces a daunting challenge of maintaining or developing its natural resources base to meet increasing demand by the people for livelihoods and development aspirations on a sustainable basis.

MERECP was therefore designed to address the conservation and development needs of the Mount Elgon ecosystem, among others. Its design recognizes that both an ecosystem and transboundary natural resource management approaches, which are crucial to the continuation of the ecological and development benefits and services provided by the mountain ecosystem – both directly to the local peoples of the area, the remote users of Mt Elgon products and the biodiversity not only within national jurisdictions, but also in a transboundary context.

Mount Elgon Elephant Monitoring Team

In 2001 the Born Free Foundation started funding the “Mount Elgon Elephant Monitoring Team“, so called the MEEM Team. Actually, it was launched by Ian Redmond OBE and the BBC Natural History Unit to learn more about Mt Elgon’s elephants prior to filming them for Sir David Attenborough’s new series ‘Life of Mammals’. The MEEM team consists of a KWS scientist, KWS rangers and local trackers. They are following the elephants on daily base, recording elephant’s groups, movements and activities by using GPS. It is hoped – similar to Dian Fossey’s success with the habituated gorillas – it will soon be possible for visitors to accompany the KWS rangers while they track elephants through the montane forest. This would also provide valuable funding for the development and running of the Mount Elgon National Park.

Born Free Foundation

The Born Free Foundation is an international working NGO, based in the United Kingdom. BFF concentrates on wildlife conservation and animal protection, public awareness campaigning to save elephants, big cats, wolves, dolphins, bears, primates, and numerous other species. Their dynamic presence in international animal rescues, saving animals from miserable conditions, rehabilitating them, and either providing for their lifetime care in a sanctuary or, whenever possible, rehoming them to the wild. The Born Free Foundation Limited was officially established on 20 July 1998, and as an umbrella organisation it consists today of the Zoo Check Campaign, Elefriends Campaign, Wolf Campaign, Dolphin Campaign, Primate Campaign, Big Cat Campaign, and the Bear Campaign.