Project: The Mara Elephant Project

Meet The Team


Founder of Save the elephants

Scientific partner, mara elephant project

Founder of Save the Elephants and one of the world’s foremost authorities on elephant conservation, Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton began his career in the scientific study of elephant behavior in Africa during the 1960s and is most noted for pioneering the GPS tracking of elephants. In 1979, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asked him to lead a comprehensive ivory trade study, which subsequently provided a foundation for ivory trade monitoring. Iain was instrumental in the implementation of the world ivory trade ban.

Iain has received many awards—including the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation—and has published numerous articles that have helped shape elephant protection efforts around the world. He and his wife Oria have co-authored two award-winning books, Among the Elephants and Battle for the Elephants, and have made numerous television films.


Founded by Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Kenya-based Save the Elephants is a research organization that strives to understand the behavioral patterns and movements of the African elephant in order to better protect the majestic and endangered species. Save the Elephant’s “Four Pillars” are research and conservation, protection, grassroots education, and global communication. Find out more about Save the Elephant’s pioneering work at


Founder, Mara Elephant project

Born in Kenya and raised in the Maasai Mara, Richard shares an inspiring knowledge and love of the local people, the wildlife, and the beauty within this amazing area of the world. His lifetime of work in Africa has led to significant accomplishments in the areas of habitat protection and wildlife conservation. Founder of a not-for-profit wildlife conservation organization, Wild United


manager, MARA ELEPHANT PROJECT & rapid response unit

Manager at SEIYA Ltd., Marc founded the East African Wildlife Community Conservation in 2004, which then led to his involvement in the monitoring of bongo in Aberdare National Park, Mount Kenya, Eburu, and the Mau Forest Complex. In 2008, he founded Renewable Energy Solutions Kenya and is currently the chief executive officer of Masai Power for Kyoto Energy, a company that—through power purchasing agreements—provides energy solutions for lodges and camps throughout the Maasai Mara. Marc is also the manager for the Ol Choro Oiroua and Mara North Conservancies, where he focuses on security, infrastructural developments, wildlife management, monitoring and coordinating of community and research projects, and public relations. Find out more at


As director of the Mara Conservancy, Brian Heath is no stranger to the world of environmental conservation. The Mara Conservancy is a non-profit management company established in January 2001 to help save the ecosystem of the Mara Triangle. Brian has a well-established reputation in the international community as a conservationist with over 40 years of experience in the field. Find out more at


The Mara Conservancy is a not-for-profit management company established to manage the Mara Triangle—the northwestern part of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The conservancy is committed to protecting wildlife in this area, which is one of the most-visited protected areas in the world. Find out more at


The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) conserves and manages Kenya’s wildlife for the Kenyan people and the world. The challenges facing wildlife and biodiversity conservation in Kenya are many and varied. They include 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. KWS works with others to conserve, protect, and sustainably manage these fragile resources. Find out more at


Assistant Professor George Wittemyer is an expert in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology at Colorado University. He can often be found conducting field research, trying to better understand the countless variables influencing the world’s ecosystems. His findings are currently being used to develop strategies to combat the challenges of conservation. Find out more at


An experienced field researcher, Dr. Noah Sitati has significant experience studying human-elephant conflicts in Transmara and has developed close ties with the inhabitants of the area. His expertise is in land use/change in the Mara ecosystem, which he studied at Moi University in Kenya. Dr. Sitati has recently been selected as a member of the IUCN/CCS African Elephant Specialist Group, and he manages a team of conservation scouts in Kenya. Find out more at!search/profile/person?personId=187094846&targetid=profile.


As one of the founders of ElephantVoices and a primary influence on the international ivory trade ban in 1989, Dr. Joyce Poole has long been an activist for elephant conservation. She earned her Ph.D. in elephant behavior from Cambridge University and has been studying elephants for over 30 years. She’s also experienced in field research, having spent time observing elephants in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. Find out more at


A renowned economist with significant corporate experience in management and communication, Petter Granli turned his focus toward conservation in 2000. Since then, he has become co-director of ElephantVoices and has been on elephant conservation missions to Kenya and Sri Lanka. His research includes studies on elephant cognition and social behavior. Find out more at

Wildlife Conservation Network

Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) is dedicated to protecting endangered species and preserving their natural habitats. The organization supports innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive. WCN fosters entrepreneurial spirit in the field of conservation, partnering with independent, community-based conservationists around the world and providing them the capital and tools they need to develop solutions for human-wildlife coexistence. To magnify the effectiveness of their work, WCN sustains a strong network of wildlife supporters through which these courageous conservationists may learn from each other and communicate directly with passionate donors. Find out more at