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Elephant aerial survey in Gonarezhou

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The downloadable pdf can be found here

 

For most wild species, the majority of the population was in Gonarezhou NP. The estimated population numbers of the principal large herbivores in Gonarezhou NP were: elephant 9123 (upper and lower 95% confidence limits ± 20.8 %); impala 6005 (± 37.4 %); buffalo 2274 (± 88.2 %); kudu 2285 (± 29.7 %); zebra 1385 (± 30.3 %); wildebeest 364 (± 81.8 %); giraffe 251 (± 61.6 %); eland 317 (± 120.2 %); nyala 370 (±50.8 %); waterbuck 360 (± 85.5 % ); cattle 2991 (± 51.3 %); and sheep and goats 452 (± 78.4 %). In the north of the park, the estimated number of huts built by people illegally resident there was 603 (± 55.3 %).

Quite a number of domestic livestock and huts.

 

A trend analysis of the results of these surveys revealed that the estimated numbers of all elephants, elephants in cow herds, buffalo, eland, kudu, waterbuck and zebra have all increased significantly since that drought. The numbers of elephant bulls, giraffe and impala did not show statistically significant trends.

 

This sounds a little more positive, after having heard such depressing news out of this park.

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