Saluting jumbos on World Elephant Day at Nandankanan Zoological Park

The zoo remains closed every Monday but the park authorities welcomed residents of villages located close to Nandankanan and Chandaka for the celebrations.

Published: 13th August 2019 06:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th August 2019 06:23 AM   |  A+A-

Nandankanan Zoological Park

Elephants with their caretakers at Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar on Monday | biswanath swain

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: At a time when Odisha is seeing one of the worst man-elephant conflicts in the country, the Nandankanan Zoological Park on Monday observed World Elephant Day to spread awareness about preservation and protection of the jumbos and their corridors in the State.

The zoo remains closed every Monday but the park authorities welcomed residents of villages located close to Nandankanan and Chandaka for the celebrations. The zoo has eight elephants of which four females - Gauri, Kamala, Julie and Mama - took part in the event.

Locals, including women and children, who turned out in large numbers, got an opportunity to feed fruits to the jumbos during the event. “On the occasion, our objective was to create awareness about protection of elephants and their habitats which will reduce the man-animal conflict,” Deputy Director of the Zoo Jayant Kumar Das said.

World Elephant Day, an international event observed on August 12 since 2012, is dedicated to the preservation and protection of elephants.

The wildlife officials said sensitisation is a crucial step when elephants are losing lives due to the man-animal conflict. They stressed on the need to secure and maintain the corridors for the jumbos.

According to available statistics, as many as 87 elephants in the State died in 2018-19. Just three out of the 87 had died due to natural causes while train hits, electrocution and poaching accounted for most deaths.
Odisha has lost 732 elephants in the decade between 2009-10 and 2018-19. In the last four years, as many as 369 people were killed and 207 others injured in elephant attacks. “Elephants are bound to stray into human territory when forest areas, which are their base, are destroyed and corridors of their natural movement are encroached upon,” Das said.

Bhubaneswar North MLA Sushant Kumar Rout, Jatni MLA Suresh Routray, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Ajay Mohapatra and Zoo Director Shashi Paul were also present.

Stay up to date on all the latest Bhubaneswar news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp