My Friend Ganesha (Elephants) seen in the Middle HimalayaDue to the changing environment, everything is getting changed. What will happen? You can even not imagine. A surprising incident occurred on the contrary to the popular belief that elephant cannot go the high altitudes because of their heavy body. But this year a group of elephants have been noticed in the high altitudes. They started moving to the middle Himalayas from the foothills and Tarai region in the State of the Uttarakhand. This is mainly due to in search of food and water. Another reason is the increased population. It has resulted because of the changing environment and human invasion into the animal's habitats.
In 2010, the elephant was declared as the National Heritage Animal. The elephant is the largest terrestrial mammal and due to their rapidly declining population they are kept in Schedule I of Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and categorised as Endangered (EN) by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). But the elephants are still struggling to find their position and day by the situation is getting worsened. And if the situation will go like this and the movement of elephants towards high elevation human settlement will continue, then other animals will also move and the whole ecosystem will get disturbed. This may cause the death of elephants and other animals and humans too, and the earth will be without elephants. Recently in Kerala, a pregnant elephant died because of eating pineapple stuffed with the crackers. There are several other incidents which show human-animal conflict. However, it is not new, but these incidents show the cruelty of human beings towards nature. There must be strong policies and guidelines implementation to prevent human-animal conflict.
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