Elephant Database
African Elephant Specialist Group

Population Survey

Phenotype: Forest (based on geographical location)
Data contributed by peter.mwangi@iucn.org, last updated 18/05/2012
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The ground survey of medium to large mammals, including elephants, in Bia Conservation Area using the dung count method. The survey occured during the wet season of 2009 for a period of 3 months i.e. April to June. There were two models used to obtain the elephant estimates from the dung count i.e. the steady state and rainfall model. Elephant estimates derived from the steady state model were submitted instead of the rainfall model estimates because they use the decay and defecation rates that are available in the submission, as well as to maintain consistency with previous surveys. The survey results of Ankasa Conservation Area and Draw River Forest Reserve were recorded in a separate submission.
Source:Danquah, E. (2009). 'A survey of medium to large mammals of the Ankasa and Bia conservation areas (March - June 2009'. Kumasi, Ghana: Department of Wildlife and Range Management, Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
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