The Elephant Census Report 2015 of Odisha was released on 29 June 2015 by Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh. According to it, in 2015 the elephant population in Odisha increased to 1954 from 1930 recorded in 2012 Census.
The highest number of elephants 487 was recorded in Similipal Tiger Reserve followed by Satkosia Tiger Reserve with 234 elephants.
Major findings of the census
• In three Elephant Reserves (ERs), that is, Mayurbhanj, Mahanadi and Sambalpur, a total of 1450 elephants (74.21%) were recorded. These areas have eight sanctuaries.
• In 5 other sanctuaries: 102 elephants (5.22%).
• Outside ERs and outside sanctuaries: 402 elephants (20.57%).
• The proportion of Female:Male:Young elephants in 2015 is 1096:341:490, or 3.2:1:1.4, approx
In 2015, there are 27 elephants the sex of which couldn’t be identified compared to 46 in 2012 census.
• Compared to 2012, the male population recorded is more by 7, female population is more by 9, and the unknown sex recorded is less by 19 elephants and young more by 27. The total population records an increase by 24 elephants in the present census.
• STR Core Division recorded the highest number of elephants at 337 followed by Dhenkanal Division, with 164 elephants.
Mayurbhanj elephant reserve comprises of Similipal Tiger Reserve, Rairangpur, Baripada, Balasore Wildlife and Keonjhar Wildlife Divisions.
Mahanadi elephant reserve comprises of Satkosia Wildlife, Mahanadi Wildlife, Angul, Dhenkanal, Athgarh, Athmallik, Boudh, Nayagarh and Cuttack Divisions.
Sambalpur elephant reserve comprises of Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bamra Willdife, Bonai and Rairakhol Divisions.
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When: 29 June 2015