Animal Instincts: Talking about the Majesty of Elephants and the Need to Protect Them

In this episode, RJ Priyanka is in conversation with Wildlife Conservationist and Naturalist, Rahul Aradya. They discuss the environmental importance of elephants in the world. Rahul is presently working with the Karnataka Forest Department to conduct the ‘Chinnara Vana Darshana’. He has also been working with the BBMP Forest Cell for the past 6 years as a rescuer, and has served as a Naturalist at the Tea Estates India Limited, Valparai for the past 14 months. He also conducts biodiversity awareness programs for school kids and training programs for volunteers.

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“Elephants are the most majestic creatures on earth! They are more social than humans sometimes,” Rahul says. “The interesting part is that they can sense water from kilometers away. A group of elephants is led by a matriarch.”

Elephants’ intelligence is legendary – they are even aware that their tusks are valuable, so they hide them when they spot humans. “Makhana are male elephants who don’t grow tusks because in their memories transferred by their fathers will be etched the deaths of elephants due to poaching. They can eat up to 200 kgs a day and can only digest 50 percent of it. They are known as ‘farmers of forests’ because with their dung they spread a lot of seeds!”

In this interaction, Rahul also highlights the threats faced by elephants. “Elephants are born travelers and they can walk up to 10,000 miles in their lifetime. They always follow ancient corridors; sadly, most of them are cut off by towns and cities now. Poaching is the main threat for this species. Illegal elephant camps torture the animals and make them work inordinately hard. Loss of habitat also means less food for elephants, leading to them venturing out into nearby villages and causing conflicts.”

To take care of this species, we can always do our part by:

  • Raising awareness – the more people will know about the importance of these amazing creatures, the more support they will get
  • Helping in the restoration of elephant habitats
  • Clearing corridors for them so that they can travel from one forest to another

 

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