Elephant herd sighted in Arunachal Pradesh sanctuary

Much to the excitement of wildlife lovers, a herd of elephants numbering around 60 have been spotted in Dying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary in East Siang distict of Arunachal Pradesh.

Updated: Apr 23, 2012, 20:48 PM IST

Itanagar: Much to the excitement of wildlife lovers, a herd of elephants numbering around 60 have been spotted in Dying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary in East Siang distict of Arunachal Pradesh.
DFO Tashi Mize said today about 10-12 cubs in the herd were seen loitering and playing around the jumbos on saturday.

The herd of elephants often visit this sanctuary but they do not stay here for long because of low availability of fodders like wild bananas, sources said adding the herd?s arrival in the sanctuary was a good sign as the presence of elephants also minimizes the possibilities of illegal trespasses by hunters and smugglers which may go unnoticed by alert forest staff.

Now sanctuary officials want to make available abundant wild bananas across the sanctuary which will give adequate fodder to the elephants for their permanent stay in the premises.

Aerial dropping of wild banana seeds through helicopter across the sanctuary would be an ideal option as manual seeding will not yield sufficient result, feels deputy Range Officer, Naning Perme of Borguli Range.

PTI