To assess the success of Namibian conservation, and also the dangers from wildlife, we need to know how much wildlife is on the land and where it is concentrated. Namibian conservancies carry out annual game counts together with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Every year, fixed routes are surveyed on foot or by vehicle, and every wild animal close to the route is noted. Using standardised game count methods the amount of wildlife on the land is then estimated.
The annual game count results are published as posters – see below – and have shown an increasing trend in wildlife populations since monitoring began in 2001. Inevitably, increases in wildlife lead to increased conflict with farmers.
» visit the NACSO website to get more information on Namibia's game counts