According to the annual 24 hour waterhole game count, which took place on October 2019, Hwange's wildlife population is flourishing.
The game count has taken place since 1972. In the most recent count 42 different species were observed. The highest variety of species was seen at Samamvundhla Pan in the Main Camp Area. The highest number of animals recorded during the census was 2956, comprised of 1251 buffalo and 1169 elephants.
There were several rare and interesting sightings of unique species that are not easily spotted in general, such as:
112 lions were recorded over 22 different pans, and the elephant population has increased from 61% to 64.3% since 2011, with approximately 40 675 elephants in the park.
Below is a graph published by Wildlife & Environment Zimbabwe, who conduct the count alongside Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. The graph clearly shows that wildlife populations are at an all time high, which is wonderfully exciting news and gives us hope for the future of African wildlife!
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