Elephant Database
African Elephant Specialist Group

Population Survey

Zimbabwe
Phenotype: Savanna (based on geographical location)
Data contributed by reuben@refleqt.co.za, last updated 07/01/2016
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15527 km²
Dryseason
Recorded at stratum level
Show aggregates
369
Matusadona East
245km²
162
Matusadona West
116km²
105
Sibilobilo
737km²
0
Mapongolas
377km²
0
Negande
713km²
10
Mwenda
425km²
76
Siabuwa West
481km²
255
Sampakaruma
990km²
16
Sijarira FA
261km²
0
Lusulu
537km²
268
Chizarira East
968km²
0
Nenyunga
495km²
49
Chete East
501km²
229
Chete West
741km²
424
Busi
445km²
0
Siabuwa East
1295km²
858
SWRA
373km²
0
Simchembo
788km²
293
Chirisa Gadzi
743km²
0
Chireya South
1383km²
This dataset comprises aerial sample count data from a survey conducted in the Sebungwe, Zimbabwe, during September 2014. The survey was conducted using a Cessna 206, and provided an estimated elephant population of 3 407 based on a coverage of 12.8% of the survey area of 15 527 km². This population estimate represents a 76% decline in elephant numbers since the previous survey in 2001. The all-carcass ratio was observed to be 30.2%. If it is assumed that all unidentified carcasses were in fact elephant carcasses, then the all-carcass ratio increases to 38.9%. The carcass ratios were estimated as 5.8% and 15.4% during surveys conducted in 2001 and 2006, the latter survey clearly identifying the beginnings of the collapse of the Sebungwe elephant population (see Dunham et al 2006 'Aerial Survey of Elephants and other Large Herbivores in the Sebungwe Region, Zimbabwe: 2006').
Source:Dunham, K. C., Mackie, C. S., Nyaguse, G., & Zhuwau, C. (2015b). Aerial Survey of Elephants and other Large Herbivores in the Sebungwe (Zimbabwe): 2014. Harare, Zimbabwe: Parks and Wild Life Management Authority.
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