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India's Historic DNA Elephant Census Achievement.



  Sep 25, 2023

1st Elephant Census with DNA Profiling Elephant Census with DNA Samples



For the first time in India, a census of elephants has been conducted using DNA samples.
The Wildlife Institute of India conducted this census in all the country's sanctuaries, using DNA samples collected from elephant dung and camera traps to aid in the calculation.

Census Report Submission
The census report has been submitted to the Central government and is expected to be released soon by the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment.

Statement from Director Virendra Tiwari
Speaking at the 34th annual two-day research workshop at the Wildlife Institute of India, Director Virendra Tiwari emphasized their continuous efforts in elephant conservation.
This census marks a milestone as DNA-based calculations have matched results obtained from DNA profiling with camera traps, ensuring accuracy.

DNA Profiling and Research
DNA profiling from elephant dung will be analyzed for research purposes. It is expected to aid in identifying elephant corridors and reducing human-elephant conflicts.
Director Tiwari highlighted the presence of around 1,000 elephants near temples and institutions in several states, including Assam.


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