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An estimate of the numbers of forest elephants in Gabon

  • R. F. W. Barnes (a1), A. Blom (a2), M. P. T. Alers (a2) and K. L. Barnes (a2)
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The number of elephants living in the forests of Gabon was estimated by a stratified dung survey. The forest zone was stratified according to the distribution of the human population. The density of dung-piles was estimated for each stratum by the line-transect method. The total number of dung-piles in the forests of Gabon was estimated to be 52.43 × 106 ± 13.25 × 106. This gave an elephant estimate of 61,800 ±20,200. This survey shows Gabon to have one of the largest elephant populations on the continent.

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