Preliminary results from the just-concluded aerial census in Tsavo- Mkomazi ecosystem show that the elephant population now stands at 12,572 up from 11,696 recorded in the last census in 2008. This represents a modest 2 percent increase compared to 4 percent in the previous census.
“The elephant is Kenya’s flagship species and so its distribution and condition is a good indicator of
the status of our wildlife,” said the KWS Director, Mr Kipng’etich while releasing the results at Sarova Taita
Hills Game Lodge recently.
The decline is attributed to the severe drought Kenya suffered in 2009, which claimed hundreds of young and aged elephants as well as poaching. As precautionary measures to address drought, KWS had committed Sh10 million to scooping of artificial watering pans within the Tsavo national parks ahead of the long rains in April.
Additionally, KWS is also implementing a wide-ranging force modernisation programme to strengthen the wildlife fighting force. The results will help policy makers and park management to make sound decisions on resource
allocation for security operations and conflict management.