Join our first educational programme on elephants and learn all about elephants on the eve of World Elephant Day by exploring an elephant forest tract and listening the conservation stories by researchers of AROCHA in Bangalore.
WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?
Every year since 2012, August 12 is observed as World Elephant Day. There was an urgent need to highlight the plight of Asian and African elephants. The escalation of poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats to both African and Asian elephants. Working towards better protection for wild elephants, improving enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, better treatment for captive elephants and, when appropriate, reintroducing captive elephants into natural, protected sanctuaries are the goals that numerous elephant conservation organizations are focusing on around the world.
HOW MANY ELEPHANTS ARE THERE IN INDIA?
The population of India’s national heritage animal— the elephant—has dipped in the country in the last five years. The union environment ministry on Saturday released the result of the Elephant Census 2017, which pegged their population at 27, 312 across 23 states. This means the population has decreased by about 3,000, compared to last census in 2012. As per the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the population of Asian elephants was about 41,410 to 52,345 and of that India alone accounts for nearly 60%. Among the states, the highest population was recorded in Karnataka (6,049), followed by Assam (5,719) and Kerala (3,054).
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
In order raise awareness about the largest land animal of India, we are celebrating ' World Elephant Day' by exploring an elephant habitat on the outskirts of Bangalore and for this we are collaborating with A Rocha India which is a conservation organization which has been working on Asian Elephant in the man-animal conflict area.
A Rocha India, a non-profit organization, has been working for the past 15 years to conserve critical wildlife species and habitats. The field study center is based in Kasserguppe, a village on the north-west boundary of the national park. Due to the proximity of the national park, natural vegetation and the presence of water-bodies at the field study center we find a rich biodiversity teeming with life. Several natural trails offer one a chance to observe and enjoy nature at its best!
DATE: Sunday, 12 August 2018
TIME: 8 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
MEETING POINT: Entrance of A Rocha forest
8.00 am.: Meeting at A ROCHA Centre & introduction by Madhusudhan
8.15 a.m. : Nature Trail to explore Elephant territory by AROCHA researcher & Madhusudhan
10. 15 a.m. : Back to Centre and break
11.00 a.m. : Presentation on Elephant Conservation by AROCHA researcher
12.00 noon: Elephant Quiz by Madhusudhan
12.30 p.m. : End of the programme
PROGRAMME FEE: Rs. 550/- (Children below 5 years are free). Fee includes study material, tea and honorarium to resource persons. On spot cash payment will Rs. 600/- per head.
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