Monday, 25 August 2014

Elephant population triples in Serengeti Maasa Mari – are they fleeing poachers?

Posted by: Kevin Heath / 3 days ago

Are elephants fleeing Kenya for the relative safety of Tanzania in the Serengeti? That is the question being posed as a new survey released this week shows that elephant numbers in the Tanzania sector of the vast eco-system have tripled in just 28 years.

The areal survey was conducted by Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and was targeting the populations of elephants and buffaloes in the world’s largest ecosystem.

The result was surprising with elephant populations in some areas of the Serengeti tripling in number since the last large-scale survey was undertaken in 1986. In the Serengeti-Mara region there was 7535 elephants counted compared to a population of 2058 in the 1986 survey – a 266% increase.

“The census results show that there has been a 266 per cent upward increase of elephants in the Serengeti Mara with most of the 7535 Jumbos counted, found to be concentrating in the Serengeti National Park, the adjacent Maswa, Kijereshi and Ikorongo game reserves as well as Ngorongoro Conservation Area, precincts falling within Tanzania,” said the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr Lazaro Nyalandu.

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