Elephant Population Increases in Tsavo-Mkomazi

Reporting on the preliminary results from the recently-concluded aerial census, the IFAW states that the number of elephants in Tsavo-Mkomazi is 12,572, up from 11,696 recorded in the 2008 census.

The census involved more than 100 people and took six days, using nine aircraft with GPS technology, to cover the 46,437 square kilometres.

The aim of the census was to establish the populations, trends and distribution of elephants as well as map out human activities inside and outside the protected areas.  The results help policy makers and park management make decisions on resource allocation for security operations and conflict management.

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