Tsirang: The third phase of GPS collaring of Asiatic Elephant was successfully carried out on April 15, 2015. A female elephant, which was in a big herd was successfully darted and collared in Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary (PWS). With this, four Asiatic Elephants has been collared so far and the remaining two will be collared in Lhamozingkha and Samtse within 2015. The other three includes; two in Samrang in Samdrupjongkhar and one in Sarpang.
The objective of this program is to study the seasonal movements of the Asiatic elephants in Bhutan. Besides this, the project is expected to provide information on habitat use, dietary patterns and its home range of these elephants in the plains and in the hills. The study is the first of its kind on elephants in Bhutan and will help a lot in understanding the root cause of human elephant conflict by understanding their dietary patterns and also their migratory routes.
The operation is lead by Mr. Sonam Wangdi, the Chief Forestry Officer of Samtse Forest Division and Ms. Tshering Zam, the Project Coordinator at the Wildlife Conservation Division and the staff of PWS. The tranquilisation and darting expertise is provided by Mr. Kuenzang Gyeltshen and Dr. Kinley Choden of the Wildlife Rescue and Animal Health Section of the Wildlife Conservation Division
The program is supported by the Joint Support Program of the UNDP and Danida and the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation.
Submitted by Wildlife Conservation Division
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