Elephant census in Karnataka kicks off

Elephant census in Karnataka kicks off

In Karnataka, a major excercise of Elephant census has been kicked off. The census exercise has been started simultaneously across all protected areas and forests identified to harbour elephant population, will begin with a study of the elephant distribution map across Karnataka.

The Mysore Elephant Reserve, spread across Bhadra-Nagarahole-Bandipur-BRT Wildlife Sanctuary, Cauvery Wildlife Reserve, and Bannerghatta, covering more than 11,000 sq km harbours most of the elephants in the State.

The previous census in 2012 pegged the State elephant population at 6,072 with Bandipur and Nagarahole accounting for nearly 1,500 elephants each. The elephant census is conducted every five years.
This is part of a nationwide elephant census, which is being conducted to minimise possible errors. The census is being organized in 15 States simultaneously.

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