MET to conduct aerial wildlife survey in Zambezi and Kavango East

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) will be conducting an aerial wildlife survey for the Zambezi and Kavango East Regions to count the population of elephants and other wild animals.

This was announced by the Minister of Environment and Tourism (MET), PohambaShifeta 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 an aerial wildlife survey for the two regions, including Bwabwata and Khaudum National Parks with parts of its neighboring conservancies that form part of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA).

The minister said the survey will be carried out in a period of three weeks by an experienced survey team from mid-September to early October this year.

He explained that elephants and other wildlife will be counted from a low-flying aircraft by trained observers whereby the survey team will use a method that is widely applied and internationally accepted which means that surveys from different years and different places will be compared and used to show trends in wildlife populations and distribution.

Pohamba 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 to the amount of 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.

Source: Namibia Press Agency