Securing A Vital Elephant Corridor in Kerala

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Why is this project so important?

The elephant habitats of Brahmagiri – Nilgiris – Eastern Ghats support at least 6,500 elephants, or approximately 17 percent of the global population of Asian elephants. The landscape is also home to diverse range of flora and fauna, many of them being endemic to this region. However, the landscape is also dominated by a large human population which through the expansion of settlements, agriculture and indiscriminate economic growth has resulted in degradation and fragmentation of the habitat.

Project partner:  Wildlife Trust of India

Duration:  2011 - present

Project goals:  Determining the long-term impact on people, elephants and other wildlife after families were voluntarily relocated from an elephant corridor to a place of safety in 2011.

What we do

Elephant Family has funded a 2,200 acre corridor in Kerala, India, providing a protected path for 1,400 elephants, the world’s largest single population of Asian elephants. In 2015, the corridor received legal protection that means the right of way for elephants has been secured in perpetuity. However we continually monitor and evaluate the Wayanad corridor project, to ensure that we are exercising the best practices possible as we move forward and develop new corridors in the future. The corridor has been “secured” for wildlife by voluntarily rehabilitating 37 families from four settlements (Thirunakulu, Valiya emmadi, Kottapadi and Pulayankolly) and by purchasing of 25.3 acres of land. The land has been handed over to Kerala Forest Department to ensure its long-term conservation.