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Elephas Maximus vs Homo Sapien

Dr. Khyne U Mar, John Roberts and Belinda Stewart Cox share their thoughts on captive elephants at EHNF

The history of the world is replete with names of illustrious members of the Asian Elephant or Elephas Maximus family such as -

Wildlife, environment protection in India dates back to Kautilya, Ashoka’s time

Wildlife conservation, particularly protection of elephants, in India dates back to fourth century BC during the time of Kautilya and Chandragupta Maurya, and there were severe penalty for those found guilty of cruelty to animals, US-based environmental attorney and author Bruce Rich said here on Wednesday.

Lessons to be learnt from Emperor Ashoka and Kautilya Asian Elephant Secretariat launched today

The two day Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics Forum organised by the Balipara Foundation had started on 8th November in the College of Veterinary Science at Khanapara wherein discussions, presentations and plenary sessions were held behind the backdrop of the critical biodiversity the Eastern Himalayas. The College of Veterinary Sessions was moderated by Dr. R. N. Goswami, Dean, College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University and in his welcome address Dr. Goswami stressed on habitat protection over specific species protection and laid concern in the lack of veterinary experts in forest department. Mr Ranjit Barthakur, Founder Trustee, Baliapra Foundation and the Architect of Naturenomics Model in his address highlighted the primary aims and objectives of the forum – nurturing the biodiversity of the Eastern Himalayas of which Notrth Eastern region is a major part and honouring the eco-champions of the year.

The Ocean of Churn by Sanjeev Sanyal

The Ocean of Churn by Sanjeev Sanyal

Balipara Foundation along with the Penguin Group is honoured  to host the  book launch "The Ocean of Churn" by Sanjeev Sanyal,on 17th August,2016,between 1930-2130 hrs,at The Royal Bombay Yacht Club(RBYC), Colaba, Mumbai

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:

Elephant Population Status

Population estimates of Asian elephants: 41,410 - 52,345 animals. By comparison, African elephants estimated at 600,000.

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