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TN has 2,961 elephants, says census

TN has 2,961 elephants, says census

Chennai, Apr 29 (UNI) Tamil Nadu has a total of 2,961 elephants in the state as per
the recent census, even as there has been increase in human-elephant in the last
decade due to disturbances in elephant corridor.
A release from the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden
here on Monday said Nadu has rich forest area in Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats
and supports good population of elephants.
In the recent elephant census conducted in 2023, it was estimated that 2,961 elephants
are found in Tamil Nadu.
Because of recent development and agriculture interventions, the habitat continuity of
Forests for Elephants have been disconnected and it has created disturbances to the
elephant corridors, which elephants were using for ages, it said.
As a result, Human-Elephant Conflict incidences have increased in the last decade.
It was proposed to prepare an Elephant corridor plan to protect the elephant habitat
effectively.
Considering this necessity Tamil Nadu Government has formed a special committee
to prepare a corridor plan and accordingly, the Forest Department has drafted an
elephant corridor plan and it was uploaded in the Forest Department web portal for
offering comments/suggestions from the public, the release said.
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