Largest-ever wildlife census to end in March
THE LARGEST wildlife census in history would be coming to end in March this year. The Great Elephant Census ( is being conducted across Africa and is being funded by Microsoft billionaire Paul G Allen. It began in February 2014 with the aim of better understanding elephant numbers across Africa. During the survey, 90 researchers from various organisations joined aerial teams in sorties in 18 elephant range countries. The teams have covered a distance of 460,000 kilometres. The central database of the survey is being developed by the philanthropic wing of Allen's Vulcan Inc in Seattle. The non-profit, Elephants Without Borders, is the project's principal researcher.