Kenya, Tanzania launch joint wildlife census

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 15:24

Nairobi: Kenyan and Tanzanian governments have launched a joint aerial count of elephants and other large mammals in their shared ecosystem of the Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro.

According to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), this week-long drive seeks to establish the status of wildlife within the cross-border landscape which includes the elephant, wildebeest, zebra and other large mammals following the last aerial count conducted in 2012 by the same team, Xinhua reported.

"It will enhance knowledge on the relation between wildlife, habitat and human impacts while at the same time fostering cross- border collaboration on wildlife monitoring and management between the two East African countries," KWS said in a statement.

According to last survey reports, the elephant population in the area has been relatively stable, with 1,087 individuals counted in the year 2000, 1,090 in 2002 and 967 in 2007 compared to 1,266 in 2010.

"It will enhance knowledge on the relation between wildlife, habitat and human impacts while at the same time fostering cross- border collaboration on wildlife monitoring and management between the two East African countries," KWS said in a statement.

According to last survey reports, the elephant population in the area has been relatively stable, with 1,087 individuals counted in the year 2000, 1,090 in 2002 and 967 in 2007 compared to 1,266 in 2010.

IANS

First Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 15:24

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