Aerial survey was conducted in the Ruaha-Rungwa ecosystem during the dry season of 2013 (October 28th through November 7th, 2013). The census covered an area of 50,889 km2 comprising; Ruaha National Park, Rungwa Game Reserve, Muhesi Game Reserve, Kizigo Game Reserve, Itigi thickets and open area/village land outside protected areas (Figure 1).
The survey aimed at assessing the current population status of large mammals, identifying their diversity, distribution and determines population trends by comparing results with previous estimates. This Preliminary Report focuses on the estimate of elephant population size in the ecosystem.
Download the full reports here: Selous & Ruaha reports