Uganda's preliminary results highlighted the success of their ongoing protection efforts; this was particularly important news in the wake of devastating preliminary Census results in Tanzania and Mozambique. Preliminary estimates put Uganda's elephant population at around 5,000, a strong increase from the 700-800 that survived the rampant poaching in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Great Elephant Census flew in Uganda via the Wildlife Conservation Society. These preliminary numbers, once our validation process is complete, will count toward the overall pan-African Census. One of the main takeaways of our Census included the necessity of trans-boundary conservation programs with neighboring countries.
“It is very encouraging to see elephant numbers increasing in Uganda as a result of effective protection in several parks, despite the rampant poaching and ivory trafficking across much of Africa,” said Dr Paul Elkan, a WCS Senior Conservationist involved in the surveys. “Continued strong Ugandan Government leadership, targeted investment in field based anti-poaching and anti-trafficking action, and transboundary elephant protection efforts will be critical to these sustaining efforts and addressing the poaching problems in Queen Elizabeth.”
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