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Gondia, Gadchiroli to host Maharashtra’s 1st elephant reserve

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Source: The Print 

Context: A preliminary proposal for the feasibility of establishing an elephant reserve in the Gondia-Gadchiroli region of east Maharashtra has been submitted in response to the frequent movement of elephants in the area.

  • Given the frequent movement of elephants along the borders of Gondia, Gadchiroli, and Chhattisgarh, the establishment of an elephant reserve would aid the forest department in managing development more effectively.
  • Maharashtra has a relatively small elephant population, making the establishment of an elephant reserve crucial for their protection.

This initiative follows the Maharashtra government’s 2020 decision to designate nearly 3,000 hectares of forest land as an elephant reserve in the Sindhudurg district, marking the first instance of such a reserve being established in the state.