KENYAN ELEPHANT HEADCOUNT SHOWS NUMBER OF ANIMALS STANDS AT 12,866

NAIRBI, A recent headcount of wildlife in the Tsavo-Mkomani Ecosystem which covers both Kenya and Tanzania has revealed that there are a total of 12,866 elephants were counted, says Kenya WildLife Service (KWS) Director-General Kitili Mbathi.

He told a media briefing at the KWS headquarters here Wednesday that the Aerial Total Count of Elephants, Buffaloes and Giraffes in the Tsavo-Mkomani Ecosystem is undertaken every three years within protected areas and their immediate neighbourhoods in both Kenya and Tanzania.

This year, the census was carried out between Feb 12 and 21, during which a total of 12,866 elephants were counted –12,843 in the Tasavo Ecosystem and 23 in the Mkomazi National Park making the overall population in the Tsavo-Mkomazi Ecosystem to show an increase of 14.7 per cent.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK