The Director of the Tarangire Elephant Project, Dr Charles Foley who has been studying the large mammals in the park for about twenty years now, stated here on Friday that the elephant growth in the eco-system clocking at 175 mammals per year, may be the fastest in Africa, but the Jumbos' population in Tarangire is still low.
"The Tarangire Eco-system also encompasses the Lake Manyara National Park which measures a whooping 20,000 square kilometres, which means that the Jumbos' density is very low by comparison," explained Dr Foley, who is also the Assistant Director of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) programme in Tanzania.
There are about 3200 elephants in the Tarangire eco-system at the moment, taking into account the seven per cent annual increase topped onto the 2500 jumbo population counted during the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute
(TAWIRI) census of 2009.
Tanzania with a count of 110,000 elephants is second after Botswana (123,000), for having the largest number of Jumbos in Africa.
According to Dr Foley
, Selou Game Reserve with 45,000 elephants has the highest concentration of the large mammals in the country, followed by Ruaha National park with 35,000 jumbos.