Mt Elgon National Park, in South West Kenya on the Uganda border, is home to some of the most unique elephants in the world.
Ian Redmond OBE, Born Free’s wildlife consultant, was part of the team that first documented the elephants’ unique behaviour of travelling into underground caves to find and mine salt with their tusks. These elephants were then made famous on Sir David Attenborough’s Life of Mammals series.
In 2001 the Born Free Foundation began to support the Mount Elgon Elephant Monitoring Team (MEEM), which had been initially established prior to filming. Since then it has continued to monitor the elephant population, studying their behaviour, habituating them to human presence for tourism and preventing poaching. The MEEM team are presently assisting national and international research initiatives to safeguard and study this elephant population and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) plans to finally absorb the MEEM team by the end of 2015, which will ensure its full integration into national efforts.