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Centre approves Terai Elephant Reserve in Uttar Pradesh

The Centre has approved the setting up of the Terai Elephant Reserve (TER) at Dudhwa-Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh. The Terai Elephant Reserve is the 3rd Elephant Reserve in India which is spread over 3,049 sq km. The Terai Elephant Reserve includes protected areas, forest areas, and corridors for the conservation of wild elephants.

The Terai Elephant Reserve will be developed in the joint forest areas of Dudhwa and Piliphit tiger reserve. This will cover the conservation of four wild species including tiger, Asian elephant, swamp deer, and one-horned rhinoceros.

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Centre has approved setting up of Terai Elephant Reserve- Key Points

  • The Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav said that the move will help conserve transboundary migratory elephant populations.
  • The reserve through implementing human-elephant conflict mitigation strategies will protect the villagers living in the Indo-Nepal border area of Uttar Pradesh.
  • This will also be beneficial for the two tiger reserves by managing grassland and corridor maintenance.
  • The TER is the third new elephant reserve that got approval in the past three months under Project Tiger.
  • The other two TER are Lemru in Chattisgarh and Agasthymalai in Tamil Nadu.
  • The Project Elephant is a centrally sponsored scheme that supports Elephant conservation in India.

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