Control elephant population: former WII Dean

Published - February 02, 2019 01:30 am IST - COIMBATORE

A.J.T. Johnsingh, former dean of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), said here on Friday that there was a need to control the elephant population in the country. Contraception could be a solution, as done in Africa, he said.

“In my opinion, the elephant population in the country needs to be controlled. Elephants can be neutered for birth control as done in some countries in Africa. They don't need to be culled,” he said in reply to a question on the ever increasing human-elephant conflicts.

“Around 500 people are killed in attacks by wild elephants every year in the country. No country will allow elephants killing its people,” he said.

According to Mr. Johnsingh, the main reason for elephants straying out of forests in search of fodder was the degradation of the habitat. “The size of forests have not shrunk significantly. But the quality of the habitat has reduced. Invasive species have spread fast in the forests. These are inedible plants, and the lack of fodder could force elephants to come out of forests,” he said.

Mr. Johnsingh said more focus was required on protecting three major elephant corridors in the south -- Aryankavu, Kallar and Mukurthi -- for smooth movement of elephants, and thus reduce conflicts.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.