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Can organised cultivation and plantations co-exists with Wild Elephants?

Can organised cultivation and plantations co-exists with Wild Elephants?
Can organised cultivation and plantations co-exists with Wild Elephants?

A herd of wild elephants attack and threaten a tea garden in Assam, India. The labourers get terrified and flee, stopping all tea harvesting and management work. Forest department personnel and the tea garden managers and their team use rifles to shoot in the air, in an attempt to frighten the elephants away, but in vain.

Kaziranga National Forest Guidebook

Kaziranga is best known for its rhinos, but its fortress home has also protected a whole range of herbivores including this sambar deer seen framed elegantly by its verdant forest.
Grasslands are the backbone of Kaziranga’s success and that of the rhino. The highest density of rhinos exists in the southwestern part of the park where short grass meadows are most extensive.
The Oriental Pied Hornbill Anthracoceros albirostris, is one among three hornbill species found in the park.

A child of the Brahmaputra river, the Kaziranga Biosphere Reserve is one of the most incredible ecosystems in the world. The interplay of the river and its tributaries results in a mosaic of tall elephant grass and forests that give rise to a vast diversity of insects, birds and animals.

Kaziranga National Forest Guidebook

A child of the Brahmaputra river, the Kaziranga Biosphere Reserve is one of the most incredible ecosystems in the world. The interplay of the river and its tributaries results in a mosaic of tall elephant grass and forests that give rise to a vast diversity of insects, birds and animals.

This magical land is synonymous with the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros – a name that inspires awe and pride in the minds and hearts of the Assamese people. This is also tiger and elephant country. In Kaziranga, you can hear the call of the hoolock gibbon and observe the aerial mating ritual of the Bengal Florican. The park also plays host to the Asiatic wild buffalo, swamp deer, sambar, hog deer and an astounding 500+ species of birds. Every nook and cranny of this emerald wonderland is special. But even more than the sight of a rhino, tiger or elephant, it is the park’s indescribable peace and quiet magic that feed the soul and remain with visitors forever.

This compact field guide from Sanctuary produced in association with Hathikuli Organic, Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited (APPL), APPL Foundation and the Rhino Foundation for Nature in Northeast India offers a snapshot of Kaziranga replete with insider tips on where to enjoy the best sightings and places to stay. With pages to jot down notes and memories, this is an ideal companion to take along as you explore the natural paradise of Kaziranga.

KAZIRANGA – Our Natural Inheritance

Kaziranga and the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros are synonymous. The very name ‘Kaziranga’ inspires awe, pride and deep respect in the minds and hearts of the Assamese people. This floodplain is a child of the Brahmaputra river. Here Rhinoceros unicornis is making its last stand in a mosaic of incredible ecosystems that fall in the Indomalayan Realm.

The book traces the conservation history of the Park. It also highlights the threats faced by the rhino today and reminds us of those who lived and died to protect the wild beauty of Kaziranga. In Kaziranga, you can hear the trumpet of elephants, the call of the hoolock gibbon, and the display of amorous Bengal Floricans.

The more adventurous could sight graceful Gangetic river dolphins and, with some luck, the secretive tiger, in what is believed to be the most densely populated tiger habitat in the world. Kaziranga is home to all these and more, including the Asiatic wild buffalo, swamp deer, sambar, hog deer and over 500 species of birds. The Kaziranga Inheritance is a photographic tribute to this wildlife haven and the people who have battled for its survival. Showcasing some of the most stunning images of the biodiversity of Northeast India, this visual portfolio transports you to a long-ago world of immeasurable worth.

KAZIRANGA – Our Natural Inheritance - A Case Study Of A Success Story

Milestones of Kaziranga
1905 – Preliminary notification of Kaziranga as Reserve Forest.
1908 – Kaziranga declared as Reserve Forest.
1916 – Kaziranga Reserve declared as Game Sanctuary.
1937 – Sanctuary opened for visitors.
1950 – Kaziranga Game Sanctuary was named as Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary
1974 – Declaration of sanctuary as Kaziranga National Park
1985 – Park was inscribed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO-IUCN
2005 – The year 2005 was centenary year of successful biodiversity conservation of the Kaziranga National Park.

An overriding concern affects the future of Kaziranga, and all of India’s wildernesses – will the flash, glitter and endless demands for ‘development’ allow places like Kaziranga to survive for another century and beyond?

Asian Elephants and Religions

The Asian elephant appears in various religious traditions and mythologies. They are treated positively and are sometimes revered as deities, often symbolising strength and wisdom. Similarly, the African elephant is seen as the wise chief who impartially settles disputes among the forest creatures in African fables, and the Ashanti tradition holds that they are human chiefs from the past.

Man and Elephant working Together!

The relationship between humans and elephants has had its ups and downs.

17th century the Moghul Emperor Jehangir:
In past centuries, the forests of India literally teemed with elephants. Although no census or estimates of the wild population exist, it is said that in the early 17th century the Moghul Emperor Jehangir had 113,000 captive elephants throughout his empire. Extrapolating from this figure, it is easy to imagine a wild population comfortably in excess of a million.

The Wild side of Elephants:

Elephants Show Cooperation on Test

 Elephants Show Cooperation on Test
Elephants Show Cooperation on Test

An experiment reveals that elephants not only cooperate, but that they understand the logic behind teamwork. Jorge Ribas reports on the findings.

In the test, two animals had to work together - each pulling on a rope in order to tug a platform towards them. Scientists claim that elephants' understanding of the need to co-operate shows that they belong in an "elite group" of intelligent, socially complex animals.

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