Number of elephants population increases by 10 fold

The Forestry and Wild Life Authority reported that the number of elephants population in the country that was 15 according to the study conducted in 1996 has currently reached to 250.

Asmara, 20 September 2019- The Forestry and Wild Life Authority reported that the number of elephants population in the country that was 15 according to the study conducted in 1996 has currently reached to 250.

Indicating that 44 thousand hectares of land has been reserved for elephants in the Laelai Gash sub-zone, Mr. Fetsum Hagos, head of Wildlife Development and Conservation, said that there is a plan to construct micro-dams in the sub-zones of Laelai Gash and Gogni with a view to alleviate the problem that may occur related to water supply.

Mr. Fitsum also called on all concerned institutions and individuals to strengthen participation in controlling illegal killing of elephants and cross border smuggling of parts and ensure their safety and development.

Mr. Fustum went on to say that in August of this year Eritrea has become 20th  member of the Elephants Protection Initiative of Africa and that the official signing of membership will be held in the near future.

The Elephants protection initiative of Africa was established in 2014 by Ethiopia, Botswana, Chad and Gabon.