Zimbabwe's elephant survey begins in the Zambezi Valley
We reported in a previous Bulletin on a planned 2014 survey of elephants in thirteen African countries, co-ordinated by Botswana-based organisation Elephants Without Borders and funded by Paul Allen, one of the founders of Microsoft.
Known as the Great Elephant Census, this project aims to calculate how many African elephants actually remain, where they are found, what threats they face and whether their total population numbers are in fact increasing or decreasing.
The good news is that the work on surveying Zimbabwe's elephant population has already begun in the Zambezi Valley, as a joint initiative with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.
We hope to report more on this important Census in the future.