The Zambia Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) released today the Great Elephant Census results. Two elephant landscapes are stable, one is declining, and one is declining catastrophically due to poaching.
February 26th marks the two year anniversary of the Great Elephant Census’ very first survey over the iconic Tsavo National Park in Kenya. Since this first flight, 19 countries, 95% of the known savanna elephant range, have been surveyed for the first pan-African elephant survey in over 40 years.
In March 2014, Satao, an iconic bull elephant with 100 lb. tusks that practically scraped the rust-red earth, was spotted during the Great Elephant Census aerial surveys over Tsavo National Park. This is the last time he was seen a live.
The 2015 African Elephant Summit followed up the 2013 Summit which, among other things, announced the launch of the Great Elephant Census and included delegates from 30 countries adopting 14 urgent conservation measures in the fight against poaching and global wildlife trafficking.
Accompanied by the hum of the engine and the click of the camera, Great Elephant Census surveyors flew methodical grids over some of Africa's most beautiful landscapes, and counted every elephant in sight.