Elephant landscape

WSO: Elephant landscape

Elephant landscape witnessing dramatic change in Odisha. According to the latest reports by WSO; these last two decades has seen an exponential change in the landscape of elephants. The population of elephants are at an increasing decreasing rate. Let us take the example of Keonjhar, a district in Odisha. The number of elephants has drastically fallen to 40 from 112, just a decade back in 2002. The reason behind this rapid decrease in the number of elephants is credited to the wide-scale; mining that takes place in the district. The most shocking part is that just before 20 days.

On a similar note, the Dhenkanal district of Odisha had around 81 elephants back in 2002. But in this case, the number of elephants has increased substantially in this decade. Today, it nearly has 169 elephants. The migration of elephants from one place to the other has rather become quite frequent.

witnessing dramatic change in Odisha

Moreover nearly 70 elephants from the Chandaka sanctuary have left the area. They have shifted their region to Nayagarh, Ganjam and the major district Cuttack. There are many cases of their electrocution in the Ganjam region. This electrocution of elephants is nothing uncommon. Every year more than 20 elephants die.

One of the basic reasons behind such frequent distress of elephants in the states of Odisha; is because the mining and urbanization rate has increased considerably in the state. Human encroachment to their area has left. Special talking about mining mention must be made of the districts of Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Angul and Keonjhar. where numerous elephants had to shift to other places due to human encroachment in the form of mining. As of the 2017 census, the number of elephants in Odisha was 1976, a rapid decrease in number from 2044 elephants in 1979.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *