Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park Becomes UNESCO World Heritage Site

Akagera National Park, a wildlife haven in Rwanda, has seen a 127 percent increase in its animal population since 2010, as reported by the park’s management. The growth was revealed through the biennial Aerial Census for 2023, conducted during the first week of August.

This extensive census involved a thorough counting of all large mammals and other vital species inhabiting the park, serving as a crucial tool for monitoring population trends and conservation efforts.

While the final report is still in the process of being compiled, the preliminary findings unveiled a population of 11,338 animals inhabiting the terrestrial and wetland fringe zones of Akagera. Among the notable figures were 142 elephants, 1,153 zebras, 782 waterbucks, and 1,820 hippos, among others.

Additionally, the survey revealed the presence of three leopards and six hyenas, offering valuable insights into the predator populations within the park. Based on ongoing surveys, it is estimated that Akagera is home to between 60 and 80 leopards and 120 to 150 hyenas.

These numbers signify the fruitful efforts of the Rwandan government in safeguarding wildlife. The park’s animal population has soared from 5,000 mammals in 2010 to a count of over 11,000 in 2023, reflecting the commitment to biodiversity preservation and sustainable conservation.

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