Mount Kenya Horse Patrol Team, Kenya
The Mount Kenya Horse Patrol Team enhances the capacity of law enforcement personnel to decrease the level of poaching and other illegal activities in the northwestern section of Mount Kenya and beyond. Supported by IEF since 2014, this project both protects elephants and addresses human-elephant conflict (HEC). High densities of elephants coupled with high rural human density along protected areas have created hot-spots of HEC. Members of the Horse Patrol Team come from the community, not only learning conservation themselves but spreading the message at home as conservation ambassadors. Patrol teams also provide valuable medical treatment to injured wildlife, help fight wildfires, and destroy poacher camps.