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- Elephant census in June

Elephantine task made easy.

Around 100 foresters on Thursday assembled in Jamshedpur to learn how to count elephants for the census in June across Jharkhand, Bengal, Odisha and Chhatisgarh.

The two-hour training for personnel of Dalma sanctuary (Ranchi Wildlife Division), Seraikela-Kharsawan and Dhalbhum forest divisions, included nine rangers, 40 foresters and 50 forest guards. The event was held at the Knowledge Centre, Tata zoo.

DFO of Seraikela-Kharsawan A.T. Mishra showed a PowerPoint Presentation to trainees in the presence of chief conservator of forests A.K. Gupta, regional chief conservator of forests (Jamshedpur) K.K. Chatterjee and Dalma DFO Kamlesh Pandey.

“This time, an elephant spot-and-track census will be done in four states simultaneously from June 1-3. Survey will be done on June 1 while the next two days are reserved for counting,” Mishra said.

In a spot-and-track survey, a team of trackers or field staffers are deputed at points along a pre-defined line to note the animal’s movement, a more error-free process.

Techniques to identify age and family relationships of elephants were also clarified. The total cost of the census is estimated to be Rs 19.5 lakh.

Each surveyor will get a kit worth Rs 600 comprising food, water, a torch, notebook, the area’s map, pencils, clipboards and a compass. They will also get a daily allowance of about Rs 146.

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