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List of Elephant reserves in India – updated

List of Elephant reserves in India – updated. How many Elephant reserves in India. Total number of Elephant reserves in India is 32. Project Elephant was launched by the Government of India in the year 1992. 
The Project is being mainly implemented in 16 States / UTs , viz. Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh,  West Bengal.
The Indian elephant (Elephas maximus) occurs in the central and southern Western Ghats, North-east India, eastern India and northern India and in some parts of southern peninsular India. Name of Elephant reserves, location, date of notification and total area is given below……..

Elephant Reserves

The Indian elephant (Elephas maximus) occurs in the central and southern Western Ghats, North-east India, eastern India and northern India and in some parts of southern peninsular India. It is included in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES). It occurs in 16 of the 28 states in the country and is showing an increasing trend across its distributional range. Its population in 2007 was estimated to be in the range from 27,657 to 27,682, whereas in 2012 the population was estimated to be between 27,785 and 31,368.

Project Elephant was launched by the Government of India in the year 1992 as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme with following objectives:-

  1. To protect elephants, their habitat & corridors
  2. To address issues of man-animal conflict
  3. Welfare of captive elephants

The Project is being mainly implemented in 16 States / UTs , viz. Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change provides the financial and technical support to major elephant range states in the country through Project Elephant.

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List of Elephant reserves in India. Name of Elephant reserves, location, date of notification and total area is as follows……..
Sl.

No.

Elephant Reserve Elephant Range  

Name of State

 

Date of Notification

Total area (Km2) P.A. (Km2)
1 Mayurjharna ER West Bengal 24/10/2002 414
2 Singhbhum ER East-Central Jharkhand 26/09/2001 4530 193
3 Mayurbhanj ER Landscape Orissa 29/09/2001 3214 1309
4 Mahanadi ER  * (South-West Bengal- Orissa 20/07/2002 1038 964
5 Sambalpur ER  * Jharkhand – Orissa) Orissa 27/03/2002 427 427
6 Baitami ER # Orissa 1755
7 South Orissa ER # Orissa 4216 750
8 Lemru ER # Chhattishgarh 450
9 Badalkhol – Tamorpingla ER Chhattishgarh 1048.3 1154.93
Total       17092.3 4797.93
10 Kameng ER Kameng-Sonitpur Landscape Arunachal 19/06/2003 1892 748
11 Sonitpur ER * (Arunachal – Assam) Assam 06/03/2003 1420 420
Total       3312 1168
12 Dihing-Patkai ER Eastern-South Bank Landscape Assam 17/04/2003 937 345
13 South Arunachal ER (Assam -Arunachal) Arunachal Pradesh 29/02/2008 1957.5 378.13
Total       2894.5 723.13
14 Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong ER Kaziranga-Karbi Assam 17/04/2003 3270 1073
15 Dhansiri-Lungding ER Anglong-Intanki Landscape Assam 19/04/2003 2740
16 Intanki ER (Assam – Nagaland) Nagaland 28/02/2005 202 202
Total       6212 1275
17 Chirang-Ripu ER North Bengal- Greater Manas Landscape Assam 07/03/2003 2600 526
18 Eastern Dooars ER (Assam – West Bengal) West Bengal 28/08/2002 978 484
Total       3578 1010
19 Garo Hills ER Meghalaya Landscape Meghalaya 31/10/2001 3500 402
20 Khasi-hills ER # (Meghalaya) Meghalaya 1331
Total       4831 402
21 Mysore ER Brahmagiri-Nilgiri-Eastern Karnataka 25/11/2002 6724 3103
22 Wayanad ER Ghat Landscape Kerala 02/04/2002 1200 394
23 Nilgiri ER (Karnataka – Kerala- Tamil Nadu 19/09/2003 4663 716
24 Rayala ER Tamilnadu- Andhra) Andhra Pradesh 09/12/2003 766 525
25 Nilambur ER Kerala 02/04/2002 1419 90
26 Coimbatore ER Tamil Nadu 19/09/2003 566 482
Total 15335 5310
27 Anamalai ER Anamalai-Nelliampathy – High Range Landscape Tamil Nadu 19/09/2003 1457 300
28 Anamudi ER (Tamilnadu – Kerala) Kerala 02/04/2002 3728 780
Total       5185 1080
29 Periyar ER Periyar-Agasthyamalai Landscape Kerala 02/04/2002 3742 1058
30 Srivilliputhur ER (Kerala – Tamilnadu) Tamil Nadu 19/09/2003 1249 568
Total       4991 1626
31 Shivalik ER North-Western Landscape Uttarakhand 28/10/2002 5405 1340
32 Uttar Pradesh ER (Uttarakhand – Uttar Pradesh) Uttar Pradesh 09/09/2009 744
  Total       6149 1340
  Grand Total       69,582.80 18,732.06
# – Approved by Govt. of India, but not yet notified by the State Government
* – Proposal for extension approved by GOI, but not yet notified by the state

List of Elephant Population estimates for 2007 and 2012

S.No.  

Site Name

Elephant Population 2007 Elephant Population 2012
1 Arunachal Pradesh 1690 1690*
2 Assam 5281 5281*
3 Meghalaya 1811 1811*
4 Nagaland 152 212
5 Tripura 59 59*
6 West Bengal 325-350 325-350*
7 Jharkhand 624 688
8 Odisha 1862 1930
9 Chattisgarh 122 215
10 Uttarakhand 1346 1346*
11 Uttar Pradesh 380 380
12 Tamil Nadu 3867 3726
13 Karnataka 4035 3900-7458**
14 Kerala 6068 6177
15 Andhra Pradesh 28 41
16 Maharashtra 7 4
Total 27657-27682 27785-31368
*- Census figure as per 2007. The census report of 2012 is still awaited from the States
 ** – 3900-7458 (Confidence Limits)

Source: Elephant Task Force Report of MoEF

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