July 31, 2022

The elephant range States across India have ignored an instruction from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to furnish information on their elephant reserves.


  • Data uploaded on the Wildlife Institute of India’s website say the elephant population across 16 States in the country ranged between 27,785 and 31,368 in 2012.
  • While Karnataka had up to 7,458 elephants followed by Assam with 5,281, Maharashtra had only four.
  • India has 30 notified elephant reserves, spread across 15 Elephant Range States.
  • There are also 10 sites for the MIKE (Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants) programme, mandated by the Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
  • The MIKE sites are Chirang-Ripu and Dihing-Patkai in Assam, Deomali in Arunachal Pradesh, Garo Hills in Meghalaya, Eastern Dooars in West Bengal, Mayurbhanj in Odisha, Shivalik in Uttarakhand, Mysore in Karnataka, Wayanad in Kerala and Nilgiri in Tamil Nadu.
Source : The Hindu