57 elephants found in Kanyakumari district

Nagercoil: Fifty-seven elephants, including 13 calves, were found in Kanyakumari district during a two-day elephant census conducted by the forest department, a senior official said today.

This showed an increase of six elephants over the 2008 census figures, District Forest Officer Sundara Raju told reporters here.

The jumbo census was conducted by a team of 120 members in Boothapandi, Alagiyapandipuram, Kulasekaram, Kaliyal forest divisions on Saturday and Sunday. Of the 44 big elephants, 32 were female.

There was no trace of unique magna elephants, which are male elephants without tusk, found in the forests in Tamil Nadu-Kerala border ten years ago, he added.

The last census held in 2008 had spotted 51 elephants.