Photo: Greg Willis
From 2009 to 2014, the number of elephants in the Serengeti have nearly doubled, to 6,087. The main concern is in the larger, more remote areas where poaching the country’s elephant population has fallen by 60 percent just in the past five years.
According to a new DNA study a sizable amount of the world illegal ivory has originated in Tanzania. Tanzania's Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu, drew praise for making such grim figures public even as he was seeking nomination as the ruling party’s next presidential candidate. The report also sparked controversy when he said that the numbers reflected 12,000 “lost” elephants.
A new count will be made by the Franfurt Zoological Society of Germany and Vulcan Inc of the US under the Paul Allen Foundation. As of 2014, there are now more than 1,000 new park rangers. There is a new agreement with Zambia to protect the Miombo woodland, about 2.5 million square kilometers (965,000 square miles) of land that crisscrosses Tanzania and Zambia. Tanzania and Mozambique have also signed a bilateral agreement to protect the Selous-Niassa Corridor, which will become the world's largest protected area.
That is good news for us all and great news for the elephants.