NAIROBI, Jan 10- A census of elephants in Kenya’s northern and central ecosystems shows that there are a total of 7,347 of them in those areas, compared to 6,454 elephants in 2012.

Out of the total, 7,166 of the pachyderms were counted in the Laikipia-Samburu ecosystem and the Marsabit ecosystem, compared to 6,365 elephants in the two ecosystems on 2012 respectively. This represents a 12 percent increase in elephant population in Laikipia-Samburu-Marsabit ecosystems over the past five years or an annual rise of about 2.4 percent.

In the Marsabit ecosystem, the population of elephants increased by 51 per cent with the total number of elephants in 2012 being 89, rising to 181 elephants in 2017.

In the Laikipia-Samburu ecosystem, the elephant population increased by 11 percent from a total of 6,365 in 2012 to 7,166 last year, a 2.2 per cent annual increase in the number of elepahnts between 2012 and 2017.

A total of 76 elephant carcasses were recorded during the survey, the results of which were release by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in late December. Most of the carcases were of “very old” of “old” elephants. No fresh or recent carcasses were recorded during the survey, which was carried out between November 19 and December 2, 2017.

Read the full results of the survey here: