Tusker in Tea, Munnar

Mandanna Dilan

Mandanna Dilan

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Tea estates may act as corridors for elephants, but they also bring them into conflict with humans. The vast acres of tea plantations in places like Munnar in Kerala are a sad reminder of the forests and grasslands that were lost.

Asiatic Elephant (Elephas maximus) is the largest land animal in India. Poached for ivory, large tusked males are a rare sight nowadays. Eravikulam National Park in Kerala is surrounded by tea estates. A number of shola patches were destroyed decades ago when the tea estates were established. These estates are used as corridors by elephants when moving to other forest patches, thereby bringing them into conflict with humans.

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