Elephant Population on the Rise in Uganda

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Petra Kilian-Gehring took this close-up of elephants on an Ujuzi safari to Uganda.

Good news about one of the world’s largest land mammal. Once nearing extinction in Uganda, the African bush elephant is now thriving there. Its population has gone from about 700 in the 1980s to 5,000 now, according to the Great Elephant Census, which seeks to survey all of Africa’s elephant populations.

The elephants are mostly found in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, and near Kidepo Valley National Park and the Karenga Community Wildlife Management Area.

Unfortunately, populations across the border in Democratic Republic of Congo haven’t fared well – in part because years of war and civil unrest have hindered efforts to arrest elephant poaching.

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