Elephant Database
African Elephant Specialist Group

Benin
Provisional African Elephant Population Estimates: update to 31 Dec 2013

All Years for Benin: 20132007200219981995

Summary Totals for Benin

Data Category Definite Probable Possible Speculative
Aerial or Ground Total Counts68000
Direct Sample Counts and Reliable Dung Counts7701,1211,1210
Other Guesses0000
Totals 20138381,1211,1210
Totals 20061,223000

Area of Range Covered by Each Data Category (km²)

Data CategoryKnown RangePossible RangeTotal Range
Aerial or Ground Total Counts3,22803,228
Direct Sample Counts and Reliable Dung Counts5,16205,162
Unassessed Range7170721
Totals9,10809,112

Benin: Elephant Estimates

Cause ofSurvey Details2 Number of Elephants Area Map Location
Input ZoneChange1TypeReliab.YearEstimate95% C.L. SourcePFS3 (km²) Lon. Lat.
+ Atakora Hunting ZonesDTGSB2013600647Bouché et al., 2013b1791 1.9E 11.3N
DTGSB2013240 329Bouché et al., 2013b217 1.9E 11.3N
DTGSB2013360 557Bouché et al., 2013b574 1.9E 11.3N
+ Djona Hunting ZoneRSATA201239Bouché, 2012b11,187 1.3E 11.6N
RSATA201239Bouché, 2012b1,187 1.3E 11.6N
+ Goungoun Classified ForestDDATE20030Bouché et al., 20041806 3.2E 11.5N
DDATE20030Bouché et al., 2004806 3.2E 11.5N
+ Pendjari Biosphere Reserve DTGSB20131,291915Bouché et al., 2013b11,997 1.9E 11.3N
DTGSB2013100 92Bouché et al., 2013b925 1.9E 11.3N
DTGSB20131,191 910Bouché et al., 2013b1,072 1.9E 11.3N
+ W du Bénin National ParkDAATA201229Bouché, 2012b12,733 1.3E 11.6N
DAATA201229Bouché, 2012b2,733 1.3E 11.6N

* Range of informed guess

1Key to Causes of Change (only tracked since 2007): DA: Different Area; DD: Data Degraded; DT: Different Technique; NA: New Analysis; NG: New Guess; NP: New population; PL: Population Lost; RS: Repeat Survey (RS ́ denotes a repeat survey that is not statistically comparable for reasons such as different season); –––: No Change

2Key to Survey Types: AC: Aerial Count, not specified; AS: Aerial Sample Count; AT: Aerial Total Count; DC: Dung Count; EX: Extrapolation from GIS; GD: Genetic Dung Count; GS: Ground Sample Count; GT: Ground Total Count; IG: Informed Guess; IR: Individual Registration; OG: Other Guess. Survey Type is followed by an indicator of survey quality, ranked from 1 to 3 (best to worst). Survey Reliability is keyed A-E (best to worst) as outlined in this table.

3PFS: Priority for Future Surveys, ranked from 1 to 5 (highest to lowest). Based on the precision of estimates and the proportion of national range accounted for by the site in question, PFS is a measure of the importance and urgency for future population surveys. All areas of unassessed range have a priority of 1. See Introduction for details on how the PFS is derived.

Note that totals for the Definite, Probable, and Possible categories are derived by pooling the variances of individual estimates, as described at http://www.africanelephantdatabase.org/reliability. As a result, totals do not necessarily match the simple sum of the entries within a given category.

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