The Assam Forest Department has successfully completed its four day census of elephants in Kaziranga National Park. In this census, 1089 elephants were registered while 1165 elephants were found in the last census which took place in the year 2011.
KNP director Satyendra Singh commenting on the census commented, ‘It is an exercise we take up every five years. Normally we go for the direct head count only. However, this time we are resorting to a two pronged approach to get the exact statistics.’
Singh said that the authorities have divided the park into 71 zones for the purpose. ‘We have stopped the elephant safaris in the park for the duration of the census. A total of 38 domesticated elephants of the park had been engaged in the exercise. While 38 elephants has been used to do the direct counting in 38 zones, census of the rest of the 33 zones will be taken up tomorrow (Sunday). After the direct count is over, we did the dung count with the officials, volunteers and experts,’ he added.
He also informed that local people, members of NGOs and some experts from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, also helped the forest department in the exercise.