Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 29:
The number of wild elephants in Odisha has gone up in the last three years, a report by the state Forest and Environment department said.
Talking to the media today, Forest and Environment minister Bikram Keshari Arukh said the number of elephants in Odisha, which was 1930 during the census conducted by his department in 2012, has now gone up to 1954.
He, however, informed about the death of 231 elephants in the last three years.
“The elephant census this year was conducted in 44 forest divisions in which 1869 census units comprising 5607 field staff were engaged. A total of 1048 manchas (wooden shafts erected atop trees) were made to monitor the movements of the elephants,” the minister said.
Several NGOs, wildlife lovers and the media had participated in the census which was successfully conducted, he added.