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Increase In The Number Of Elephants

Increase In The Number Of Elephants:

Estimates suggest that the number of elephants in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu has increased.

  • Karnataka’s elephants increased from 6,049 in 2017 to 6,395 in 2023, the reports showed.
  • In Tamil Nadu, there was a rise to 2,961 in 2023 from 2,761 in 2017.
  • Meanwhile, in Kerala, the population has dropped from 9,026 to 4,306 in the same period.
  • The overall elephant population for the three states was registered to be 13,662 in 2023, compared to 17,836 in 2017.

Conservation Status:-

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of threatened species:

  • African Forest Elephant– Critically Endangered
  • African Savanna Elephant– Endangered
  • Asian Elephant– Endangered
  • Convention of the Migratory Species (CMS): Appendix I
  • Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972: Schedule I