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Calling On Pilots And Observers For This Year’s Aerial Survey

KWS and Partners are planning an aerial survey of the Great Ewaso Ng’iro ecosystem that lies in Kenya’s Mountain Region. They are seeking the support of volunteer pilots and observers to participate in this very important activity. Pilots and observers will be trained, fed, given overnight accommodation, and all participating aircraft will be fuelled. Training will be mandatory for both pilots and observers.

This year’s total count, generously funded by USAID – Kenya, will be focussing on elephants, buffaloes, Grevy’s Zebras, and giraffes. Numbers and location of cattle, shoats, bomas and settlements will be noted. The greater Meru National Park area will also be included in the count.

Dates: 19 – 30 November 2017 

Survey area: Laikipia – Samburu – Marasbit – Meru

A total survey is a time-consuming and demanding task, however, all information collated is vital, and supports the County government’s need to carry out regional planning and development based on accurate information that this type of survey provides. It is also important as it strengthens the baseline for monitoring and managing landscape health and integrity over future years.

Much of the survey will be based out of the Mpala Research Centre for the southern areas of the survey i.e. Samburu and Laikipia.

If you are interested in participating as a pilot (with a plane), or as an observer, please contact: John Gitonga on:; Tel: 0726 500260

Past aerial surveys – both the last total count (2012) and the 2016 sample count for Laikipia, can be found here:

Total Count 2012 

2016 Sample Count

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