According to Valparai forest range officer G Venkatesh “A herd of 27 elephants camped at Puthuthottam due to the availability of fodder and water."
Rewilding of big cat to be delayed as it is unable to kill prey due to lack of right upper canine tooth
The study has also found that the major threats faced by lion-tailed macaques (LTM) in Valparai are collision with vehicles and electrocution, especially in the town area.
A few years back, solar panels were provided to about 24 households to power lights, but due to improper maintenance and lack of battery replacement, many people still live in darkness.
After the pooja, all the jumbos raised their trunk and trumpeted loudly for the tourists, who came to witness the celebration. The department staff also distributed pongal and Sundal to the tourists.
According to officials, vehicle movement at night will affect movement of elephants, tigers, leopards and Nilgiri tahr, thereby escalating man-animal conflict.
“The animal is active after 4 pm and up to 12 am and roams in and around Nirar dam, where there is plenty of bamboo, which is its favourite food.
Makhna released near Valparai; site chosen due to abundant availability of fodder, water
A team of elephant trackers from the Ulanthi forest range are monitoring the animal directly as well as using his footprint at Saralaplathi.
The NCF has been providing information about elephant movement to people through SMS, voice calls and alert lights for over a decade.
The trend indicates that elephants are consuming plastic along with food waste because of poor waste management by Valparai municipality.