Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Protection of Elephants

Estimated population of wild elephants in the country is in the range of 27669 – 27719 (Mid value 27694). An all India enumeration was undertaken during the financial year 2007-08. State-wise details are given at the annexure. The population estimation for December 2010 has not been undertaken.

Financial and technical assistance is provided by the Ministry to the State Governments under the Centrally Sponsored Schemes “Project Elephant” and “Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats” for better protection and management of elephant populations and their habitats, and mitigation of man-elephant conflicts. The Central Government has also set up Wildlife Crime Control Bureau to improve coordination and intelligence sharing among different agencies and State Governments against organized wildlife crime.

ESTIMATED POPULATION OF WILD ELEPHANTS 2007-08

STATE

ELEPHANT POPULATION

Arunachal Pradesh

1690

Assam

5281

Meghalaya

1811

Nagaland

152

Mizoram

12

Manipur

Nil

Tripura

59

West Bengal (North)

300-350

West Bengal (South)

25

Jharkhand

624

Orissa

1862

Chattisgarh

122

Uttarakhand

1346

Uttar Pradesh

380

Tamilnadu

3867

Karnataka

4035

Kerala

6068

Andhra Pradesh

28

Maharashtra

7

Islands Andaman & Nicobar

NA

Grand Total

27669-27719

27694 (Mid Value)

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