MET to conduct aerial wildlife survey in Zambezi and Kavango East

02 Sep 2019 17:21pm
RUNDU, 02 SEP (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Environment and Tourism will be conducting an aerial wildlife survey for the Zambezi and Kavango East regions to establish the population count of elephants and other wild animals.
This was announced by Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta on Saturday at the official inauguration of a new park station at Buffalo Core Area in the Bwabwata National Park in the Kavango East Region.
Shifeta said the ministry, supported by the German government, will carry out the aerial wildlife survey for the two regions, including in the Bwabwata and Khaudum national parks and parts of its neighbouring conservancies that form part of the Kavango-Zambezi Trans-frontier Conservation Area.
The minister said the survey will be carried out over a period of three weeks by an experienced survey team from mid-September to early October this year.
“Elephants and other wildlife will be counted from a low-flying aircraft by the trained observers, whereby the survey team will use a method that is widely applied and internationally accepted. Surveys from different years and different places will be compared and used to show trends in wildlife populations and distribution,” he explained.
Shifeta said the aim of the survey is to get an updated estimate of numbers and the distribution of elephants in the north-eastern part of the country.
This type of survey was last conducted in 2015 and it is done for wildlife management purposes.
The minister gave thanks for the support the Federal Republic of Germany has rendered to Namibia for its conservation initiatives.
“The Ministry of Environment and Tourism once again expresses its heartfelt thanks for Germany’s continued friendship and generous support to support these important conservation initiatives,” he said.