Current Status of Asian Elephants in India

  title={Current Status of Asian Elephants in India},
  author={Nagarajan Baskaran and Surendra Varma and Chamroeun Sar and Raman Sukumar},
India holds by far the largest number of wild Asian elephants, estimated at about 26,000 to 28,000 or nearly 60% of the population of the species (Bist 2002; data from Project Elephant Directorate in 2011). Elephas maximus is placed in Schedule I and Part I of Indian Wildlife Protection Act (1972) conferring it the highest level of protection. Historically, the significance of the elephant in Indian culture and mythology, as well as its economic and military role in subcontinental armies, has… CONTINUE READING


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