Elephant Database
African Elephant Specialist Group

2002 Regional Totals for Southern Africa

All Years for Southern Africa: 201620132007200219981995

2002 Summary Totals for Southern Africa

Data Category Definite Probable Possible Speculative
Aerial or Ground Total Counts16,125000
Direct Sample Counts and Reliable Dung Counts230,13523,72223,7220
Informed Guesses33202,376231
Other Guesses0007,277

No changes between current and previous report.

Elephant Estimates

CountryDefiniteProbablePossibleSpeculativeRange Area (kmĀ²)% of Regional Range% of Range AssessedIQI1PFS2
Angola36015060658,620395 .011
Botswana100,62921,23721,237099,0996100 .852
Malawi6471,5691,649207,939082 .473
Mozambique11,6472,7863,0736,902415,9062573 .431
Namibia7,7691,8721,8720147,349964 .542
South Africa14,0710855029,3562100 .943
Swaziland390001870100 1.005
Zambia12,4576,9617,631235208,0721254 .382
Zimbabwe81,5557,0397,373291113,602768 .632
Totals246,59223,72226,0987,5081,680,1303445 .401

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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