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July 04, 2020 - Hindustan Times

INDIA: Elephant population crosses 2,000-mark in Uttarakhand, around 30% rise since 2015

INDIA: Elephant population crosses 2,000-mark in Uttarakhand, around 30% rise since 2015
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With a 29.9% increase since 2015, Uttarakhand government on Monday said that the state now has 2,026 elephants.

Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat released the fresh elephant census on Monday during the 15th State Wildlife Advisory Board meeting. He also released the census of crocodiles and gharials, counted after a gap of 12 years in February this year. However, otters were counted for the first time in the state.

Rawat said elephants were counted in Uttarakhand for three days from June 6 to June 8. “It was found that there are a total of 2,026 elephants in the state. In 2012, there were 1,559 elephants while in 2017 there were 1,839 elephants,” Rawat said.

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