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Tanzania is set to start using high-tech computers programs to count the number of elephants that in the country. It is a modern technological method that takes between six months and a year, and is far more efficient than the one that has been applied so far.
A Senior Research Officer with the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), Dr. Edward Kohi, said the new technology uses a special automatic program that notes and counts wildlife from the sky. He said they had been previously using photos taken by cameras from planes to count elephants, a method that is tedious and takes a very long time until results are obtained.
According to Dr. Kohi, the Selous Game Reserve that measures 50,000 square kilometers leads in elephant numbers. It is estimated to have more than 15,000 followed by Serengeti National Park that has more than 6,000 in an area that measures 14,750 square kilometers.
Elaborating on the new technology, the senior researcher said that photos taken can differentiate clearly between elephants and other animals, later counting them and producing results. He said that a wildlife census was last done and produced results in 2015, showing a decrease in the number of elephants by 50 per cent, their number by then being 50,894.
He however noted that poaching was now highly controlled and that had been due to the fact that it was rare to find elephant carcasses in areas where their research was conducted.