At 27000, elephant population in India 'stable' since 2012

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Experts present at the release of census emphasized the importance of preserving elephant corridors to protect and conserve the species.

The population of India's national heritage animal- the elephant-has dipped in the country in the last five years.

Country's over 55 percent of elephant population is in Southern region and mainly in two states of Karnataka and Kerala, according to Elephant Census 2017 released Saturday. "African elephants are listed as vulnerable and Asian elephants as "Endangered" on the IUCN Red List and this is a threat to elephant population in India", explains wildlife biologist Dr A. Kumaraguru of Sathyamangalam Tiger Conservation Foundation.

The population was recorded in the following geographical regions: northern, east-central, northeast, and southern.

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Calling for an end to poaching, animal cruelty and wildlife crime at the earliest and spreading overall awareness, Harsh Vardhan said the issue of conservation required a scientific approach.

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Sukumar pointed out that elephants leave behind signs.

India has about 110 recognised elephant corridors, most of which require rigorous fixing. The students wore elephant masks during the rally and called for efforts to be taken to save elephant population, corridors and habitats.

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Director of the Project Elephant, R.K Shrivastav, said he is hopeful that the exercise will set new standards in population estimation of elephants in India and in other countries as well.

"Quality of data collected during the elephant census will be high. It will be helpful in effective planning of various issues relating to elephant conservation in the country", he added.

There are 29 elephant reserves in India spread over 65,000 sq km.

The report also highlighted the increasing elephant-human conflict with their habitat shrinking in most states in which over 100 tuskers and 660 people have died since 2015.

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World Elephant Day is an annual global event celebrated across the world on August 12, dedicated to the preservation and protection of elephants. And for the year 2016-17, the government enhanced the rate of compensation amount to be paid for damages caused to properties and human death by wildlife, particularly elephants.

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