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Report details on elephant deaths at Mara-Serengeti

22 August 2014, 23:02

Nairobi - A news report has revealed a worrying number of elephant carcasses in the world-famous Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, with Kenya accounting for most of the carnage.

According to the Trans-boundary Serengeti- Mara Census conducted by the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), a total of 192 elephant carcasses were counted, of which 117 were in Kenya and 75 in Tanzania.

WWF, a conservation organization has said that more “shocking’ was that of all the carcasses found in Kenya, 84 percent were outside of the Masai Mara National Reserve, and each had its tusks missing.

“These statistics have alarmed the conservation fraternity in Kenya and Tanzania who are calling upon the two governments to strengthen their elephant management strategies as well as deploy technology in the fight against poaching,” said WWF.

According to WWF, the recent aerial report indicated that a total of 7 535 elephants and 61 896 buffaloes were counted in the survey area.

“The general results for this census show an increasing trend of elephants and buffaloes in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem where the number of elephants counted show an increasing trend from 2 058 in 1986 to 7535 individuals in 2014. There was also an increase in buffalo population in the area, from 54 979 (in 1986) to 61 896 individuals (in 2014),” said WWF in a statement.

The joint aerial report corroborates a report released earlier in the week by Save the Elephant which revealed that the proportion of illegally killed elephants had grown.

The report said that an estimated 100 000 elephants had been killed in Africa for their ivory between 2010 and 2012.

 – CAJ 


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