NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya
Wildlife Service (KWS) and key partners are set to conduct an aerial survey on
giant mammals including elephants, buffaloes, grevy zebras and giraffes in the
expansive northern frontier ecosystem.
said in a statement issued in Nairobi on Saturday that the aerial survey, which
begins on Nov. 19-30, aims to assess the population of these large mammals and
challenges facing them.
aerial survey will focus on these four charismatic and endangered species in an
effort to establish their total numbers and distribution,” KWS said.
collected will then be compared with that from past aerial surveys to discern
the species trends, it added.
and international conservation groups have pledged support for the survey of
giant land mammals in counties including Laikipia and Meru that are renowned
specific objectives is to determine the present status of elephant, buffalo,
giraffe and grevy zebra population, establish elephant poaching levels through
observation of carcasses,” said KWS.
It added that
changes to the wildlife habitat in the northern frontier districts linked to
climate change and human activities will also be factored in the aerial survey.
wildlife survey conducted an aerial survey on wildlife species in the northern
region in 2012 while the new one will help update data on their status in the
light of mounting ecological and human induced threats.
will primarily gather data on the four giant mammals. However, information on
livestock will also be obtained. Other data to be collected will include:
location of human activities like logging, farming, settlements and water
points,” said KWS.
that local and foreign conservation lobby groups will donate aircraft and
personnel to support the elaborate census on giant mammals in the northern