10 Mar '12, 12pm

elephant

The Asian elephant once ranged widely throughout tropical and subtropical Asia, but its numbers have steadily declined from an estimated 200,000 in the early 1900s to about 25,000–33,000 in the 2000s, a decline of over 80% within a century. The Indian subcontinent has the largest population of Asian elephants with population estimates ranging from 26,000 to 31,000. The major cause of the decline has been loss and fragmentation of habitat. Expanding settlements and changing land use patterns have restricted traditional elephant migration routes, and thus gene flows, threatening the long-term viability of wild elephant populations in India. Elephant habitat aligns with important ecosystems maintaining India's ecological sustainability - such as clean water, air, and soil - and thus their full protection and restoration is clearly in the long-term national interest. Few reg...

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