In the second phase of GPS collaring operation of elephants, a female elephant from a herd has been collared in Sarpang making it three elephants to be collared so far. The other two elephants were collared in Samrang village in Jomotsangkha Wildlife Sanctuary in March 2014. In all, it is planned to collar six elephants along the elephant belt in Southern Bhutan, viz. Samtse, Lhamoizingkha, Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary, Sarpang, Royal Manas National Park and Samdrup Jongkhar area.
This telemetry study through the use of GPS collars has been initiated with the objective to bring to light besides others, the movement patterns and the choice of habitat of Asian elephants in Bhutan. This study will also help in understanding the root cause of human elephant conflict by understanding their dietary patterns and also their migratory routes.
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