Odisha government seeks urgent deployment of kumki elephants from Tamil Nadu

Syllabus: GS-III

Subject: Wildlife Conservation

Topic: Human-Animal Conflicts

Issue: Human-Elephant conflicts

Context: Odisha government has sought assistance of kumki elephants and mahouts in the wake of worsening human-elephant conflict.


  • Kumki elephants can be deployed strategically
    1. To help manage and drive wild elephants thereby reducing damage to crops, human habitations and the potential loss of both human and elephant lives.
    2. For forest patrolling and rescue operations.
  • Tamil Nadu model:
    1. Successful and commendable programme,whereby kumki elephants are trained and utilised for wildlife conservation purposes.
Take Away Notes:  Project RE-HAB (Reducing Elephant-Human Attacks using Bees)

●              It is an initiative of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).

●              The project employs a unique and eco-friendly solution-Bee fences

These fences are made up of rows of beehives strategically placed along the fringes of forests and agricultural lands preventing elephants from entering human habitations.


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