23 August 2016 Last updated at: 7:13 AM
Malawi’s Wildlife department in elephant survey
The department of national parks and wildlife development says it is doing a comprehensive elephant survey to establish the number of elephants in the country.
The department hopes the knowledge will help it reduce wildlife crimes which are reportedly on the rise in the country.
According to director for the department Bright Kumchedwa, the exercise will help his department to easily monitor the giant animals in the country.
He added that wildlife such as elephants are supposed to be protected so as to increase the beauty of the country which in turn attracts tourists.
Kumchedwa also said that new rules are supposed to be applied to make sure that wildlife in the country is being protected at all costs.
He therefore asked the general public to stop poaching and other crimes that lead to decrease in number of wild animals.
Meanwhile, the department is sourcing more funds to ensure that the survey is carried out widely.
The elephant population in Malawi is currently estimated to be 2000 which is 2000 less than the population in the 1980s.