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List of 30 Elephant Reserves of India, 30th Declared Recently in Nagaland

List of 30 Elephant Reserves of India, 30th Declared Recently in Nagaland

Articles
The Asiatic Elephant is the largest living land animal in India, and by far in Asia. Most importantly, elephants help maintain forest and savanna ecosystems for other species, and are integrally tied to rich biodiversity. They are also culturally revered in India and are closely associated with religious and cultural heritage, playing an important role in the country’s history. Although a decline in elephant population has been noticed in recent years, large numbers of sustainable herds still exist – particularly in south and northeast of the country. Elephant conservation in India though, has been an uphill task. The Government of India launched Project Elephant in the year 1992 as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme with objectives to protect elephants, their habitat and corridors; to
New York Bans Use of Elephants for Entertainment

New York Bans Use of Elephants for Entertainment

Global
A Bill that bans the use of elephants in circuses and other forms of entertainment is headed to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature following passage in both houses of the New York State legislature. The "Elephant Protection Act," originated and lobbied by students of the Pace University Environmental Policy Clinic and supported by The Humane Society of the United States, cites the "physical and psychological harm due to the living conditions and treatment to which [elephants] are subjected." Students of Pace's Environmental Policy Clinic devoted their spring semester to assuring passage of the legislation which would make New York the first state in USA to institute such a ban. They maintain that the methods used to train elephants have a direct impact on the survival of the sp...
12 August is Now World Elephant Day, Greetings to All

12 August is Now World Elephant Day, Greetings to All

Green Lens
12 August is now being celebrated as the World Elephant Day since 2012 to raise awareness about the plight of Asian and African elephants. Let us use this day to remind ourselves of our responsibility towards a species which represents only a fraction of nature's might. Visit elephant habitats around your city and ensure that the mighty elephant is given the respect and space it deserves. Visit elephants in zoos around you, and ensure they are being taken care of well. Image by Christopher via Flickr over CC
Mary Kom Fights for the Mighty Elephants

Mary Kom Fights for the Mighty Elephants

Green Lens
Padma Bhushan award recipient, Olympic medalist and five-time undisputed world boxing champion Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom breaks the chain - this time for, the mighty elephant. Mary Kom joins PETA in fighting for the cause of elephants and ensuring a safe and dignified life for the largest mammal on land. Elephants and other animals in circuses are subjected to chronic confinement, physical abuse and psychological torment. Whips and other weapons – including heavy, sharp steel-tipped rods – are often used to inflict pain on elephants and beat them into submission. As per PETA, a nine-month investigation of circuses by a team that included representatives from PETA and its sister organisation Animal Rahat, the Animal Welfare Board of India, a statutory body operating under the M
Public Lecture on Elephant, Empire and Ecology in Ancient India at NMML

Public Lecture on Elephant, Empire and Ecology in Ancient India at NMML

Events
The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library invites all interested to a public lecture on 'Elephant, empire and ecology in ancient India' by Prof. Raman Sukumar of the  Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The elephant rose from the status of a supreme animal, Gajatame, in early Buddhist India to that of a supreme God, Ganesha, in Hindu India by about the 4th or 5th century. In spite of a rather turbulent relationship with people through history, the elephant has also been widely revered across the cultures of South and South-east Asia. Date: 1 May, 2013 (Wednesday) Time: 3.00 pm Venue: Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building The talk will trace the unique elephant-human relationship from the ancient Harappan civilization when it is believed to have been first tamed, through t
IWC’s Online Monthly Chat on ‘Human-Elephant Conflcit’

IWC’s Online Monthly Chat on ‘Human-Elephant Conflcit’

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Elephants can be found to live peacefully even in the 'urban corridors' of the NCT of Delhi. The Indian Wildlife Club in an attempt to spread the message of conservation & environment education organises an online chat session every month – moderated by a chosen personality from a chosen field. This free wheeling chat is an opportunity to get first hand knowledge on various topics of interest to wildlife and nature lovers. The chat room will open for one hour on the 17th of June, 2012 between 7.30 PM (IST) and 8.30 PM (IST). Click here to read transripts of earlier chat sessions. This month’s topic for chat is “Human-wildlife Conflict” and will be moderated by A. Christy Williams Ph.D. A. Christy Williams is an elephant biologist working with the WWF Asian Elephant
Deadly Rail Tracks Bring Elephants Under Threat

Deadly Rail Tracks Bring Elephants Under Threat

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The killing of elephants on railway tracks in West Bengal made headlines recently. On 22nd September, seven elephants including one calf were mowed down by a Guwahati bound goods train near Moraghat level crossing around midnight. The railway track in question passes through an elephant corridor which, according to the Forest Department's Expert Committee, was not considered as accident prone area. Consequently and as indicated by the scale of casualty, the train was moving with a speed much higher than the permissible speed limit of 25 kmph. The Railway authorities later confirmed the speed of the train at the time of the accident to be 70 kmph. The tragic incident has sent shock waves across the conservation community in India. The incident has brought into attention the threat po...
Elephant to Become India’s National Heritage Animal

Elephant to Become India’s National Heritage Animal

Green Alert
The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) recently released a Report of the Elephant Task Force (ETF) and announced the setting up of a National Elephant Conservation Authority (NECA) along with declaring the elephant as a National Heritage Animal. The specialized ETF was previously set up by the Ministry under the Chairmanship of Dr. Mahesh Rangarajan to address the problems related to the Asian elephant. The report calls for giving the elephant its due pride of place and its conservation, the same degree of visibility and importance as is given to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). India has some 3,500 elephants in captivity. The conflict between humans and elephants kills almost 400 people each year mostly killing people who die protecting their crops and a...

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