Elephant Reserves

 (Photo: Sudip Banerjee, Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand)

 

 

Elephant Reserves

 

The Indian elephant Elephas maximus occurs in the central and southern Western Ghats, North-east India, eastern India and northern India and in some parts of southern peninsular India. It is included in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES). It occurs in 16 of the 28 states in the country. Project Elephant was launched by the Government of India in the year 1992 as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme with following objectives:

1. To protect elephants, their habitat & corridors
2. To address issues of man-animal conflict
3. Welfare of captive elephants

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change provides the financial and technical support to major elephant range states in the country through Project Elephant. 

 

(Download pdf)Securing the Future for Elephants in India, The Report of the Elephant Task Force, Ministry of Environment and Forests, August 31, 2010

 

List of Notified Elephant Reserves in India (As on November 2022)

 

S. No.

Elephant Reserve

State

Date of Notification

Total Area

(Sq.  Km)

1

Rayala ER

Andhra Pradesh

09.12.2003

766

2

Kameng ER

Arunachal Pradesh

19.06.2002

1892

3

South Arunachal ER

Arunachal Pradesh

29.02.2008

1957.50

4

Sonitpur ER

Assam

06.03.2003

1420

5

Dihing-Patkai ER

Assam

17.04.2003

937

6

Kaziranga – Karbi Anglong ER

Assam

17.04.2003

3270

7

Dhansiri-Lungding ER

Assam

19.04.2003

2740

8

Chirang-Ripu ER

Assam

07.03.2003

2600

9

Badalkhol-Tamorpingla

Chhattisgarh

15.09.2011

1048.30

10

Lemru ER

Chhattisgarh

2022

450

11

Singhbhum ER 

Jharkhand

26.09.2001

4530

12

Mysore ER

Karnataka

25.11.2002

6724

13

Dandeli ER

Karnataka

26.03.2015

2,321

14

Wayanad ER

Kerala

02.04.2002

1200

15

Nilambur ER

Kerala

02.04.2002

1419

16

Anamudi ER

Kerala

02.04.2002

3728

17

Periyar

Kerala

02.04.2002

3742

18

Garo Hills ER

Meghalaya

31.10.2001

3,500

19

Intanki ER

Nagaland

28.02.2005

202

20

Singphan ER

Nagaland

16.08.2018

23.57

21

Mayurbhanj ER

Odisha

29.09.2001

3214

22

Mahanadi ER

Odisha

20.07.2002

1038

23

Sambalpur ER

Odisha

27.03.2002

427

24

Nilgiri ER

Tamil Nadu

19.09.2003

4663

25

Coimbatore ER

Tamil Nadu

19.09.2003

566

26

Anamalai ER

Tamil Nadu

19.09.2003

1457

27

Srivilliputtur ER

Tamil Nadu

19.09.2003

1249

28

Agsthyamalai ER

Tamil Nadu

12.08.2022

1,197.48

29

Uttar Pradesh ER       

Uttar Pradesh

09.09.2009

744

30

Terai ER

Uttar Pradesh

2022

3049

31

Shivalik ER

Uttarakhand

28.10.2002

5405

32

Mayurjharna ER

West Bengal

24.10.2002

414

33

Eastern Dooars ER

West Bengal

28.8.2002

978

 

 (Source: MoEFCC, New Delhi)