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A world unique ecosystem and culture under pressure

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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.

An ambitious initiative to save the Maasai Mara

The Maasai Mara Science and Development Initiative (MMSDI) is an African-European public-private partnership founded in 2014. 

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

2016.05.30 |

Research team investigates oral diseases and infant mutilation at schools in Mara North

284 children from four local schools participated in the research and had their teeth examined. Especially the high level of fluoride in the drinking water is a matter of concern.

2016.05.11 |

Research team to develop management program for livestock guard dogs

A large number of free-roaming, uncontrolled dogs are becoming a major problem for people and wildlife.

2016.05.11 |

Strong high level advisory board in place

Ten high level representatives from the local Maasai community, KWS, government and other institutions are ready to offer their advice and be strong ambassadors for the initiative

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Publications and Films

Maasai Mara – the Challenges of a World Unique Ecosystem



Fencing bodes a rapid collapse of the unique Greater Mara ecosystem

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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