The death of an elephant from consuming plastic near Sabarimala in January highlights the risk that indiscriminate dumping of plastic waste in forests poses to the lives of wild animals.
Every year, thousands of pilgrims trek through dense forested hills in the Pamba River basin to the abode of Lord Ayyappa during the annual pilgrimage. Sabarimala is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, a rich biodiversity home to several species of wild animals and plants.
Elephants are the world’s largest land mammals – and, aside from the great apes: humans, gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans – the most intelligent.
They are well-known for living in matriarchal (female-led) social groups, and although they are respected and revered by people throughout their ranges in Africa and South Asia, they are also feared because they can be aggressive and dangerous.
The elephant census that took place last week in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve has recorded the presence of 11 tuskers in the area. While the figure is much less than the 37 elephant sightings reported a week ago by the forest department,authorities claim the reduced number could be owing to the elephants moving to Nepal.
There have been 11 elephant sightings in two different herds in the Dudhwa range a pack of nine elephants in one herd and two in another, said Sanjay Pathak,deputy director,Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.
Most of us are well aware of elephants and have even seen at least one of them in person at a zoo or circus. In some of these locations you can even ride them due to their calm and gentle nature.
There are many great facts about the elephant though that you should learn about, and this is the place to do so.
1. Elephants are the largest of all land animals in the world.
2. It takes a female 22 months from conception to have a baby. This is longer than any other animal in the world.