Largest-ever wildlife census to end in March

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

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.


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