In 2014, Paul G. Allen funded the Great Elephant Census, the pan-African aerial survey that sounded the alarm for elephants. The survey discovered a 30% decline in just seven years.
Today, a new aerial survey of elephants across the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) was announced, funded in part the by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. This partnership continues efforts to collect accurate and reliable data that informs strategic decisions about the long term protection and management of elephants.
This first ever coordinated survey of transboundary elephant populations will take place and is led by the five KAZA partner states, the Republics of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, which represent 50% of the remaining savanna elephants on the African continent, covers 520,000 square kilometers, and includes an estimated two million people.