a1 NZYS The Wildlife Conservation Society and Department of Biology, University of California, San Diego, USA
a2 NZYS The Wildlife Conservation Society
The number of elephants living in the forests of Gabon was estimated by a stratified dung survey. The forest zone was stratified according to the distribution of the human population. The density of dung-piles was estimated for each stratum by the line-transect method. The total number of dung-piles in the forests of Gabon was estimated to be 52.43 × 106 ± 13.25 × 106. This gave an elephant estimate of 61,800 ±20,200. This survey shows Gabon to have one of the largest elephant populations on the continent.
(Accepted February 12 1994)
c1 Department of Biology, 0116, U.C. San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093–0116, USA (tel: 619–534–8863; fax: 619-534-7108).
p1 Present address: P. N. Dzangha-Ndoki, B.P. 1053, Bangui, Central African Republic.
p2 Present address: 06 B.P. 948, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.
p3 Present address: San Diego Zoological Society, P.O. Box 551, San Diego, CA 92112–0551, USA.