Elephants in the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem
Tanzania has the second largest African elephant population, with the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem being home to the largest elephant population in Northern Tanzania. Currently, the elephant population of Tarangire is over 4,000 individuals, a dramatic increase from the 2,500 individuals counted in 2009. As a result of anti-poaching initiatives, this population, particularly in the northern area, has been increasing at a rate of 6% per year. While this is an incredible achievement for a vulnerable species, elephants still face life-threatening issues.