Elephant Database
African Elephant Specialist Group

1998 Regional Totals for Southern Africa

All Years for Southern Africa: 201620132007200219981995

1998 Summary Totals for Southern Africa

Data Category Definite Probable Possible Speculative
Aerial or Ground Total Counts13,293000
Aerial or Ground Sample Counts183,53317,05717,0570
Informed Guesses1905,56620
Other Guesses000170
Total196,84517,05722,623190

No changes between current and previous report.

Elephant Estimates

CountryDefiniteProbablePossibleSpeculativeRange Area (kmĀ²)% of Regional Range% of Range AssessedIQI1PFS2
Angola000170678,785391 .001
Botswana76,64413,41413,414081,4865100 .872
Malawi6471,5691,649207,968082 .473
Mozambique6,8981,9464,4960467,0622710 .061
Namibia6,2631,4211,4210145,015863 .532
South Africa11,90500025,8471100 1.003
Swaziland390001880100 1.005
Zambia15,8736,1796,9640208,1231256 .432
Zimbabwe63,0708,03410,1850109,563661 .532
Totals196,84517,05722,6231901,724,0373026 .231

1IQI: Information Quality Index: This index quantifies overall data quality at the regional level based on the precision of estimates and the proportion of assessed elephant range (i.e. range for which estimates are available). The IQI ranges from zero (no reliable information) to one (perfect information).

2PFS: 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.

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