Game Census

Every year WEZ, through its branches, assesses animal population in various parks, eg. Mana Pools (organised by Makonde Branch), Hwange (organised by Matabeleland Branch), Gonarezhou (organised by Lowveld Branch), Hippo Pools and Lake Chivero (organised by Mashonaland Branch).

These censuses;

  1. give rough indications of game populations sizes.
  2. indicate if animals are being disturbed by poachers or not.
  3. show animals that a tourist is likely to see.
  4. Counters also assess the status of vegetation cover and the availability of water for the animals.
  5. Use the census information to advise National Parks on the status of biodiversity and on how to put in place. biodiversity conservation and management priorities.

These game counts are normally done in September, October or December. The counts are open for all to participate in and are usually great fun and a wonderful experience.

It would be better if these censuses are supported by aerial surveys but due to lack of funds WEZ concentrates on ground counts. This an area where WEZ is looking for support to aerial surveys for least once every 2 or 5 years.

For more information and to participate in a Game Count please email