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  • Yet more information on these huge animals. To balance this show here is a poem dedicated to the Elephant.

    It was six men of Indostan
    To learning much inclined,
    Who went to see the Elephant
    (Though all of them were blind),
    That each by observation
    Might satisfy his mind

    The First approached the Elephant,
    And happening to fall
    Against his broad and sturdy side,
    At once began to bawl:
    'God bless me! but the Elephant
    Is very like a wall!'

    The Second, feeling of the tusk,
    Cried, 'Ho! what have we here
    So very round and smooth and sharp?
    To me 'tis mighty clear
    This wonder of an Elephant
    Is very like a spear!'

    The Third approached the animal,
    And happening to take
    The squirming trunk within his hands,
    Thus boldly up and spake:
    'I see,' quoth he, 'the Elephant
    Is very like a snake!'

    The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
    And felt about the knee.
    'What most this wondrous beast is like
    Is mighty plain,' quoth he;
    ' 'Tis clear enough the Elephant
    Is very like a tree!'

    The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
    Said: 'E'en the blindest man
    Can tell what this resembles most;
    Deny the fact who can
    This marvel of an Elephant
    Is very like a fan!'

    The Sixth no sooner had begun
    About the beast to grope,
    Than, seizing on the swinging tail
    That fell within his scope,
    'I see,' quoth he, 'the Elephant
    Is very like a rope!'

    And so these men of Indostan
    Disputed loud and long,
    Each in his own opinion
    Exceeding stiff and strong,
    Though each was partly in the right,
    And all were in the wrong!


    So oft in theologic wars,
    The disputants, I ween,
    Rail on in utter ignorance
    Of what each other mean,
    And prate about an Elephant
    Not one of them has seen!
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  • 1. African Elephants – L. africana - 0.5 million Asian Elephants – E. maximus - 0.04 million DEEPA G MENON, Ph.D Student (Animal Science) SAVE THE ELEPHANTS
    • HEIGHT
    • WEIGHT
    • TUSK
    • TRUNK
    • FOOT
    • EARS
    • TEETH
    • SKIN
  • 3.
    • Listed as Endangered (EN) by the IUCN
    • Regarded as an “umbrella species” / premier “flagship ”/ “keystone species” important ecological role and impact on environment.
    • *
    • India 26,390–30,770;
    • Indonesia 2,400–3,400;
    • Malaysia 2,100–3,100;
    • Myanmar 4,000–5,000;
    • Sri Lanka 2,500–4,000;
    • Thailand 2,500–3,200;
    • (*Sukumar, 2003)
  • 4.
    • THREATS ??????
    • Requirements -
    • 200-200-200
    • Habitat Loss, degradation, fragmentation
    • - massive deforestation
    • Poaching ”there is not a single piece nowadays which has been gained lawfully.  Every piece, and scrap…has been steeped and dyed in blood”…… Ian Parker
    • Disturbed the balance in the sex ratio 1: 4 1:25-40
    • Human Conflict
  • 5. SOLUTIONS 1) Conservation of the elephant's habitat and maintaining habitat connectivity by securing corridors; 2) Management of human–elephant conflicts as part of an integrated land-use policy 3) Improved legislation and law enforcement, field patrolling, and curbing trade in ivory and other elephant products. 4) Monitoring of conservation interventions. 5) Reliable estimation of population size and trends will be needed as part of this monitoring and adaptive management approach. 6) Captive Elephant management Rules 7) Management of musth period 8) Microchips & health cards
  • 6. Project Elephant Feb 1992, 13 States in India For elephants, habitats & corridors. Human-elephant conflict welfare of domesticated elephants .
    • - 2900-3110
    • 1990 - 2260-2760
    • 2000 - 3400-3600
  • 7. Activity of Elephants Logging - 43% Ceremonies - 12% Transportation - 10% Tourism - 6 % Entertainment - 5% Kunki - 4 % Agriculture - 2% Begging - 7% No work - 11% Ownership Individuals -75% Temples - 6% Zoo - 2% Circus - 3% Forest Dept - 14% Enumeration of Elephants: First time in 2005, 2007 & in 2010 .
  • 8. “ The elephant is a friend to man and now indeed our turn has come to be the friend of the elephant." THANK YOU