2021.06.17 | Research news

Letter of condolences

The members of the Maasai Mara Science and Development Initiative (MMSDI) are deeply saddened by the news of the demise of Professor Richard Samson Odingo, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at University of Nairobi and President of our international research community. Professor Odingo played a vital and…

2021.06.13 | Research news

Master thesis result: The effect of shoats on wild herbivores in a semi-protected conservancy in Maasai Mara

The thesis made by Line Ochelka, Cand.scient., Department of Biology, Aarhus University (Denmark) recommends to regulate the numbers of shoats and to include them in the current rotational grazing plan to avoid overgrazing.

2021.06.13 | Research news

Master Thesis results: Wild Herbivore Responses to Cattle Grazing During Multi-Annual Rainfall Fluctuations in a Rotational Grazing Scheme in the Mara Region, Kenya

This thesis, by Helena Johansen, cand.scient., Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark, recommends maintaining a strong cohesive between fully-protected and semi-protected areas to maintain high wildlife populations and minimize competition between wildlife and cattle.

2021.06.03 | Research news


We now launches a number of virtual research sessions, where researchers present their projects and findings. The Talks are open to everybody and can be streamed on facebook or followed on Zoom.

2021.05.17 | Research news

The highly leukotoxic JP2 genotype of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans has been detected in Maasai Mara, Kenya.

In the recent paper by Haubek and coworkers (2021), published in the MDPI journal, Pathogens, it was reported that among 284 Kenyan adolescents from Narok County, Mara North Conservancy, Maasai Mara, who were clinically examined and microbiologically sampled for a well-known and geographically widespread occurring highly leukotoxic variant of…

2021.02.01 | Research news

A Tale from Mara North Conservancy Amidst Livestock, Animals and Corona

Covid-19 has turned everything upside down for the past year, and this is likewise true for the Mara. Tourism has suffered greatly and that was remarkably evident when out in Mara North Conservancy. The savanna, normally bustling with multiple safari cars from various camps, were now practically empty. This offered a unique wildlife experience, as…

The MNC Dog Project/VetAid vaccination team provided further assistance by carrying, using and distributing masks and demonstrating how to use sanitizers and to clean hands with soap and water.

2020.09.25 | Research news

The MNC Dog Project/VetAid team continues to vaccinate domestic dogs in spite of shutdown

The team has also assisted the Ministry of Health with COVID19 sanitizers, masks and information activities.

Vegetation cover types were mapped in 10-m in Greater Maasai Mara Ecosystem (GMME).

2020.09.25 | Research news

Deep-learning based high-resolution mapping shows woody vegetation densification in greater Maasai Mara ecosystem

A deep-learning based high-resolution mapping workflow was proposed. The woody vegetation densification is correlated with rainfall and human pressure.

Photo: Wang Li

2020.01.17 | Research news

Research shows accelerating degradation of vegetation in the Mara ecosystem

The Mara ecosystem is heavily threatened, but conservation management can counteract negative trends. This is one of the conclusions of the newly published research article by an international team of researchers, all members of the research network of the Maasai Mara Science and Development Initiative.

2019.10.02 | Research news

Master Thesis Results: Mara North grazing system secures plant species richness and grass-dwelling insect diversity

Master thesis by David Bækby Houborg, Aarhus University shows that with a rotational grazing system, the conservancy supports wildlife populations as well as a recovery period of 5 months for the plant species richness and insect diversity.

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