Research in the Maasai Mara

A community of researchers working with organisations in the Mara, Kenya

Research projects - Dialogue - Knowledge sharing - Impact

Maasai Mara - a world unique ecosystem under pressure

The Maasai Mara ecosystem in south-western Kenya is globally unique and famous for the great wildebeest migration, one of the few great migratory systems remaining and the only one involving such a rich diversity of large wild animals.

This world unique ecosystem is now under severe threat from a multiplicity of interconnected and complex challenges ranging from climate change, a rapidly growing population, land use trends etc.

The Maasai Mara is also home to the Maasai people, today facing many social, economic, political and environmental challenges.

At the Summit at Maasai Mara University in April 2015 we identified the many and complex challenges of the Maasai Mara by listening to community members and conservation partners. These complex challenges range from climate change and land use issues, ecosystem challenges, energy, poverty, gender, health, slow economic growth, poaching, human-wildlife conflicts etc.

You can read about the challenges in our report.

A network to share research projects and results to help the Mara

We are convinced that research can contribute to solutions to the many challenges of the Maasai Mara, but only if we are in close dialogue with local stakeholders and share knowledge about our projects and results. 

The Maasai Mara Science and Development Initiative (MMSDI) is an African-European interdisciplinary network of researchers, NGO´s, local communities and a company aiming to do just that.

Our goal

We want to contribute to conserving the Maasai Mara ecosystem, its rich wildlife and culture through interdisciplinary research and development initiatives.

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News

2018.12.08 | Research news

Dental research results: Infant oral mutilation is still a frequent practice in the Maasai community, Mara North Conservancy

Main conclusions from a scientific report on the prevalence and impact of infant oral mutilation (abbreviated as IOM) on dental occlusion and oral health-related quality of life, published in the international journal, BMC Oral Health.

2018.01.24 | Research news

Research project on savanna vegetation dynamics

The research will help to plan and prepare for ongoing and future change (e.g. climate and land use), with the aim of safeguarding biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and compatible human livelihoods.

2017.07.06 |

New film: The Old Maasai

A portrait interview with Maasai Ole Leperes - about his life and how he has used Maasai traditional medicine.

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Publications and Films

Are goats the new elephants in the room? Changing land-use strategies in Greater Mara, Kenya

Maasai Mara – the Challenges of a World Unique Ecosystem



Fencing bodes a rapid collapse of the unique Greater Mara ecosystem

Prevalence and impact of infant oral mutilation on dental occlusion and oral health-related quality of life among Kenyan adolescents from Maasai mara

Film: The Old Maasai

A portrait interview with Maasai Ole Leperes
- about his life and how he has used Maasai traditional medicine.