The officials of Jim Corbett National Park are happy to announce that it recorded an increase of 67% in the population of elephants, which was relatively less in 2007. Disclosing the news to the media, the director of the park Sameer Sinha said that Corbett staff plays a great role in the improved populations of elephants. According to him, it is now the park’s responsibility to take care of these elephants and provide a healthy atmosphere to them for a better growth.
The total number of elephants recorded in 2007 in the entire state were 1346, out of which 622 were in Corbett National Park alone. On the other hand, the population count of elephants for the year 2015 is 1797 for the entire state, out of which, 1035 elephants were in Corbett alone. The biodiversity of the Corbett National Park supports thousands of elephants, in which 148 belongs to male category, 428 belongs to female category, 87 of them are in the age group of 0-1, 138 are in the age group of 1 to 5 years, and 228 are in the age group of 5-15 years.
The park officials later added that this survey was done in June this year, following which, the state government has declared an amount of three crores and 85 lakhs for the maintenance of elephants in the park. They also said that a London based arm company has offered a riffle to the park, which was used to kill a wild tigress, who killed as many as 430 people in Champavat area of Jim Corbett National Park.
Sameer Sinha further added that this rifle was gifted to Jim Corbett by Governor General Sir John Habit at the people’s meeting in Nainital in 1907. He also told that this gun was made in 1775 by John Rigby and Legal Company and Jim Corbett gifted 275 rifles including this one to one of his friends in London.
News Source: Amar Ujala
Photo Courtsey: Bernard Dupoint, Flickr
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