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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24959 km²
Dryseason
Recorded at stratum level
Show aggregates
151
Kazungula
437km²
52
Zambezi NP
548km²
1400
Panda Masuie
955km²
148
Kazuma
551km²
1451
Matetsi
697km²
0
Rosslyn
349km²
1641
Zanguja
847km²
4941
Robins
1017km²
4006
Dandari
1279km²
1355
Shakwanki
2148km²
3198
Dzivanini
2104km²
4454
Sinamatella
1511km²
1947
Mtoa
824km²
7474
Main Camp
1253km²
7985
Shapi
913km²
487
Central B
1720km²
2062
Central A
769km²
7937
Ngamo
1630km²
1468
Tsholotsho East
914km²
733
Maitengwe
1203km²
1101
Ngamo Forest
1174km²
0
Sikumi Forest
1158km²
This dataset comprises aerial sample count data from a survey conducted in north-west Matabeleland, Zimbabwe, in October 2014. The survey was conducted using a Cessna 206, giving an estimated elephant population of 53 991 based on a coverage of 7.1% of the survey area of 24 959 km². This population estimate is not significantly different from the number of elephants estimated in the previous comparable survey of 2001. The all-carcass ratio was observed to be 7%. If it is assumed that all unidentified carcasses were in fact elephant carcasses, then the all-carcass ratio increases to 8.2%. The report notes that wildlife in north-west Matabeleland was also surveyed during 2007 (Dunham et al. 2007), but that the results of that survey might not be directly comparable, given that it was conducted relatively late during the year and rain fell during the survey. With that caveat noted, the estimated elephant population in the 2007 survey was 39765 (95% c.i. ± 16.4 %) and the estimated total number of elephant carcasses (2563) represented 6.1 % of the estimated total number of live and dead elephants. This all-carcass ‘ratio’ may be compared with the ratio of 3.2 % recorded in the same area during 2001.
Source:Dunham, K. M., Mackie, C. S., Nyaguse, G., & Zhuwau, C. (2015a). Aerial Survey of Elephants and other Large Herbivores in north-west Matabeleland (Zimbabwe): 2014. Harare, Zimbabwe: Parks and Wild Life Management Authority.
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