The population of elephants has increased by 229 in the state. Officials informed in the meeting of the state wildlife advisory board that this was ascertained during the elephant census exercise conducted from June 6 to 8.
It was found in the census that a total of 2026 elephants are presently living in the state. The number of elephants in the state was 1,559 in 2012 which increased to 1,839 in 2017. Since the last census, the elephant population has registered an increase of 10.17 %. Similarly, the census of aquatic fauna conducted from February 22 to 24 had ascertained that there are 451 crocodiles, 77 ghariyals and 194 otters in the state. Officials informed that snow leopard population estimation will also be held from 2020 to 2022 in the State where this big cat has been spotted in 23 per cent of the geographical area.