Total Elephant Reserves in India 2022

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Elephant Reserve in India is another protected area by the Government of India. Apart from Project Elephant, India has taken various steps to conserve Asian elephants. In this article, we have discussed in detail elephant stock in India, which is important for all competitive exams.


• India has the highest concentration (more than 50%) of wild Asian elephants in the entire world.

• Currently, there are 33 elephant reserves in India. And they spread over ten elephant landscapes.

• Elephant is the state animal of Jharkhand, Kerala, and Karnataka.

• Scientific name of Asian elephants is “Elephas maximus”.

Total Elephant Reserves in India 2022, recent updates

• There are currently 33 elephant reserves in India.

• Last 5 elephant reserves are

  1. 29th elephant reserve – Dandeli Elephant Reserve (Karnataka)
  2. 30th elephant reserve – Singphan Elephant Reserve (Nagaland)
  3. 31st elephant reserve – Lemru Elephant Reserve (Chhattisgarh)
  4. 32nd elephant reserve – Agasthyamalai Elephant Reserve (Tamil Nadu)
  5. 33rd elephant reserve -Terai Elephant Reserve (Uttar Pradesh)

Latest elephant reserve in India

• The two most recently declared elephant reserves are the Agasthyamalai Elephant Reserve and the Terai Elephant Reserve.

Agasthiyamalai Elephant Reserve is the 32nd addition to the Elephant Reserves of India.

Agasthiyamalai Elephant Reserve has been notified in 2022 by the Government of Tamil Nadu.

• Recently, the Union Ministry of Forests, Environment and Climate Change (MoEFCC) approved the Terai Elephant Reserve (TER).

• After the approval of the Terai Elephant Reserves (TER) in Uttar Pradesh, India’s total number of elephant reserves is now 33.

• This has brought the total area under Elephant Reserves in India to about 79,557 sq. km across 14 states of the country.

Source: PIB

Also, see all Protected Areas of India

32nd elephant reserve in India

• Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin announced via Twitter that Agasthyamalai in Tirunelveli district has become Tamil Nadu’s 5th elephant reserve.

• The Agasthyamalai Elephant Reserve (area 1,197.48 sq km) is located at the southernmost tip of the Western Ghats and spans the two southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

• It is named after the Agastya Mala peak rising about 1868 meters above sea level in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

• The other four elephant sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu are:

  1. Nilgiris-Eastern Ghat Elephant Reserve
  2. Coimbatore Silent Valley Elephant Reserve
  3. Srivilliputhur Elephant Reserve
  4. Anamalai or Annamalai Elephant Reserve

33rd elephant reserve in India

• The Terai Elephant Reserve (TER) is located in Uttar Pradesh.

• It is the second elephant reserve in Uttar Pradesh after the Uttar Pradesh Elephant Reserve.

• The Terai Elephant Reserve covers an area of 3,049 sq km, spanning Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) and Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR).

• It is India’s 33rd Elephant Reserve.

Elephant Range Countries

• Although elephants are found all over the world, the largest numbers are found in Asia and Africa.

• Elephants are found in a total of 13 countries in Asia, these countries are called Elephant Range Countries.

• Out of 13 countries, 5 countries are in South Asia, namely India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

• Of the remaining 8 countries, 7 countries are located in Southeast Asia and the other in North Asia. Countries located in South East Asia are Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Thailand and the North Asian country is China.

Major Initiatives to protect elephants in India

National Heritage Animal

• The Government of India declared the Indian elephant as a National Heritage Animal in 2010.

Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

• The Indian elephant is also given the highest degree of legal protection by being listed in Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

• Indian elephant also included in Appendix I of CITIES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, also known as the Washing Convention)

Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 13)

• In February 2020, the Thirteenth Meeting of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 13) was held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

• At this COP 13 meeting of the CMS, three animals, namely the Great Indian Bustard, an Asian Elephant, and a Bengal Florican were added to Appendix I.

Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants

• The CITIES Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) program is a site-based system designed to monitor the illegal killing of elephants and provide information to help states make appropriate management and enforcement decisions.

MIKE was started in South Asia in 2003

. When an elephant carcass is found, local site staff try to establish and record the cause of death and other details.

• These data are recorded in a standardized form, the details of which are then collated and submitted to the MIKE program for analysis.

Elephant care initiative by the Government of India

India’s first elephant rehabilitation center is to be set up in Kottur, Kerala.

Gaj Yatra is a nationwide awareness campaign to celebrate elephants and highlight the need to protect elephant corridors.

India’s first specialized hospital for elephants opens in Mathura. The hospital has modern medical facilities to treat elephants in distress like wireless digital x-ray, laser treatment, dental x-ray, thermal imaging, ultrasonography, hydrotherapy, tranquilization equipment, and quarantine facilities.

Plan Bee

Plan B, a unique strategy adopted by the North East Frontier Railway (NFR) to keep wild elephants off the tracks.

• Plan B is a unique strategy that involves placing devices near the track, which emit the ‘buzzing’ sound of swarming bees, which is considered a natural deterrent to elephants (elephants have a natural fear of dangerous stings of the insects).

• The first Plan B device was installed near Guwahati railway station.

• Recently, Plan B launched by Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) won the Indian Railways Best Innovation Award.

List of Elephant Reserves in India 2022

• Here is the list of 32 elephant reserves in India with state and zone.

Sl. NoElephant ReservesStateZone
1Shivalik Elephant ReserveUttarakhandNorth-Western Landscape
2Uttar Pradesh Elephant ReserveUttarpradeshNorth-Western Landscape
3Mayurjharna Elephant ReserveWest BengalEast-Central Landscape
4Singhbhum Elephant ReserveJharkhandEast-Central Landscape
5Mayurbhanj Elephant ReserveOrissaEast-Central Landscape
6Mahanadi Elephant ReserveOrissaEast-Central Landscape
7Sambalpur Elephant ReserveOrissaEast-Central Landscape
8Lemru Elephant ReserveChhattisgarhEast-Central Landscape
9Badalkhol – Tamor Pingla Elephant ReserveChhattisgarhEast-Central Landscape
10Kameng Elephant ReserveArunachal PradeshKameng- Sonitpur Landscape
11Sonitpur Elephant ReserveAssamKameng- Sonitpur Landscape
12Dihing-Patkai Elephant ReserveAssamEastern-South Bank Landscape
13South Arunachal Elephant ReserveArunachal PradeshEastern-South Bank Landscape
14Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong-Intanki LandscapeAssamKaziranga-Karbi Anglong Elephant Reserve
15Dhansiri-Lungding Elephant ReserveAssamKaziranga-Karbi Anglong-Intanki Landscape
16Intanki Elephant ReserveNagalandKaziranga-Karbi Anglong-Intanki Landscape
17Chirang-Ripu Elephant ReserveAssamNorth Bengal- Greater Manas Landscape
18Eastern Dooars Elephant ReserveWest BengalNorth Bengal- Greater Manas Landscape
19Garo Hills Elephant ReserveMeghalayaMeghalaya Landscape
20Mysore Elephant ReserveKarnatakaBrahmagiri- Nilgiri-Eastern Ghats Landscape
21Wayanad Elephant ReserveKeralaBrahmagiri- Nilgiri-Eastern Ghats Landscape
22Nilambur Elephant ReserveKeralaBrahmagiri- Nilgiri-Eastern Ghats Landscape
23Coimbatore Elephant ReserveTamil NaduBrahmagiri- Nilgiri-Eastern Ghats Landscape
24Nilgiri Elephant ReserveTamil NaduBrahmagiri- Nilgiri-Eastern Ghats Landscape
25Rayala Elephant ReserveAndhra PradeshBrahmagiri- Nilgiri-Eastern Ghats Landscape
26Annamalai Elephant ReserveTamil NaduAnnamalai- Nelliyampathy- High Range Landscape
27Anamudi Elephant ReserveKeralaAnnamalai- Nelliyampathy- High Range Landscape
28Periyar Elephant ReserveKeralaPeriyar- Agasthyamalai Landscape
29Srivilliputhur Elephant ReserveTamil NaduPeriyar- Agasthyamalai Landscape
30Dandeli Elephant ReserveKarnatakaPeriyar- Agasthyamalai Landscape
31Singphan Elephant ReserveNagalandPeriyar- Agasthyamalai Landscape Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong-Intanki Landscape
32Agasthiyamalai Elephant ReserveTamil NaduPeriyar- Agasthyamalai Landscape
33Terai Elephant ReserveUttar PradeshNorth-Western Landscape

Total Elephant Reserves in India Map

Elephant Reserves in India
List of Elephant Reserves in India

Proposed Elephant Reserve

Sl. NoElephant ReservesStateZone
1Baitami Elephant ReserveOrissaEast-Central Landscape
2South Orissa Elephant ReserveOrissaEast-Central Landscape
3Khasi-hills Elephant ReserveMeghalayaMeghalaya Landscape

Elephant population in India 2022 state wise

Sl NoStateNumber of Elephants
1Andhra Pradesh65
2Arunachal Pradesh1,614
11Madhya Pradesh7
18Tamil Nadu2,791
20Uttar Pradesh232
22West Bengal544

Project Elephant

Project elephant was launched by the Government of India in the year 1992 as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme with the following objectives:

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

World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day is observed on August 12 to spread global awareness for the conservation and protection of elephants from various threats.

• It was launched on August 12, 2012, to draw attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants.

Elephant Census 2017

• An elephant census is conducted every 5 years. The last elephant census was conducted in 2017, the next elephant census will be conducted in 2022.

• According to the 2017 Elephant Census Report, Karnataka has the highest number of elephants (6049), followed by Assam (5719) and Kerala (3054).

Elephant population in India 2022

♦ Total elephants in India: According to the 2017 census, the elephant population in the country is estimated at 29964.

• There are 14,612 elephants in the southern region and 10,139 in the northeast.

• The total number is lower than the 2012 census. Because the number of elephants in the 2012 census was 30,711.

Census of captive elephants

• The Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change released the results of the first survey of elephants in captivity in 2019.

• 58 percent of all captive elephants are concentrated in two states, Assam (905) and Kerala (518).

Current affairs related to elephants in news

• Sri Lanka recently mourned the death of a 69-year-old elephant named ‘Raja’, who was declared its ‘national treasure’.

• Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change ministry has set up a permanent coordination committee to prevent the deaths of elephants on railway tracks.

• Save the Elephant Day is celebrated on 16th April every year to raise awareness about the dangers elephants face.

• At the 16th Steering Committee meeting the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change launched a field manual relating to the Human-Elephant conflict.

• Recently, a state forest department has set up an elephant rescue center at the Balmiki Tiger Reserve in Bihar.

• Odisha plans to install automatic sirens near national highways to protect elephants from accidents.

Indian elephant facts

• India is home to the largest population of Asian elephants (50-60%).

Project Elephant in India started in 1992.

• Mysore Elephant Reserve in Karnataka is the largest elephant reserve in India.

Singhbhum Elephant Reserve is India’s first elephant reserve, created in 2001 under Project Elephant, covering an area of 13,440 sq km.

• Currently, there are 33 elephant reserves in India.

Agasthiyamalai Elephant Reserve in Tamil Nadu is the 32nd Elephant Reserves in India.

Terai Elephant Reserve is the latest (33rd) elephant reserve in India.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on elephant Reserves in India

Q1. How many elephant reserves in India in 2022?

Answer: 33 (As of October 2022)
Latest 2 Elephant Reserves in India
• 32nd elephant reserve – Agasthiyamalai Elephant Reserve (Tamil Nadu)
• 33rd elephant reserve -Terai Elephant Reserve (Uttar Pradesh)

Q2. Which Indian state has the most elephant reserves?

Answer: Both Tamil Nadu and Assam have 5 elephant reserves.
Earlier there were 4 elephant reserves in Tamil Nadu, but recently one more new elephant reserve named Agasthyamalai was announced.

Q3. Which state has the highest number of elephants in India?

Answer: Karnataka ((6049)

Q4. What is the name of the recently announced new elephant reserve?

Answer: Terai Elephant Reserve (Uttar Pradesh)

Q5. The Lemru elephant reserve is located in which state?

Answer: Chhattisgarh

Q6. Which is the 30th elephant reserve in India?

Answer: Singphan Elephant Reserve (Nagaland)

Q7. Which is the national heritage animal of India?

Answer: Elephant

Q8. What is the scientific name of Indian elephant?

Anaswer: Elephas maximus indicus

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