Table 2. Population change of selected wild animal indicator species between the 1970s and 1994 for the southern Kalahari system associated with Khawa (data sources: DHV [1980] and DWNP [1994a, b]; modified from Boggs [2000]) and the northern Kalahari system associated with Kedia (data sources: Van Der Maas [1995] and Bonifica [1992]). CKGR = Central Kalahari Game Reserve; MPNP = Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. “-” refers to no data available.



Species

Population change Southern Kalahari (1978–1994) (%)

Population change CKGR
(1979–1994) (%)

Population change MPNP
(1973–1994) (%)

Zebra (Equus burchelli)

-79.1

-

-58.5

Red hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus)

-84.8

-95.8

-

Blue wildebeest (Connonchaetes taurinus)

-94.3

-87.1

-93.1

Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis)

-33.2

+375.1

-99.5

Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)

+22.1

-

-65.1

Common ostrich (Struthio camelus)

-70.0

-66.6

-64.2

Eland (Taurotragus oryx)

-

-8.2

-

Gemsbok (Oryx gazelle)

-

-0.8

-24.3

Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)

-

-59.8

-