This is the main dispersal area for the northern sub-population of elephants in Tarangire, approximately 800 individuals. These elephants leave the park during the wet season and spend a total of 3-5 months in the dispersal area.
Their movements in the dispersal area have been well documented through radio collaring and ground counts.
Loss of habitat through tree felling for charcoal production and increasing cultivation are the main threats in this area.
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