Elephant population management is going on in Mana Pools National Park but not culling. Culling is a method of managing animal populations for ecological reasons including removing surplus individuals in a given area. Elephant culling involves the removal of the entire family units so that there will be no traumatized surviving individuals, animal behavioural changes are minimal, and so that the natural and normal sex-age structure of the population is not changed. There is no elephant culling programme being undertaken in the country including Mana Pools National Park.

This year (2014) there is a national aerial survey of large mammal wildlife species that is being carried out with funding through Elephant Without Borders. At the moment aerial surveys of wildlife are underway in the Zambezi Escarpment including part of Mana Pools National Park. The purpose of the national elephant aerial survey is to;

  • provide an update of Zimbabwe national populations of elephants and other large herbivores.
  • provide information on the changes in numbers and spatial distribution of elephants since the last decade.

Aerial wildlife survey techniques being used were scientifically researched, tested and globally approved.

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