Great Elephant Census Results Are In – Vulcan
In 2014, Paul G. Allen and our team at Vulcan set out to count Africa’s savanna elephants, an effort known as The Great Elephant Census (GEC). The Great Elephant Census is the first pan-African survey of elephants using standardized data collection and validation methods. Conceived to fill critical gaps in data by providing reliable population information, the GEC surveyed more than 93 percent of the savanna elephant populations in 18 countries.
Two years later, the results are in and they are alarming. The census shows a decline of 30 percent in African savanna elephant populations in 15 of the 18 countries surveyed. That’s a rate of decline of eight percent per year, primarily due to poaching.