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Elephants fitted with GPS collar in Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary

Mar 24, 2014

Elephants fitted with GPS collar in Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary. The Wildlife Conservation Division of the Department of Forest and Park Services has successfully collared two Asian Elephants in the Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary.

Officials said it is to better understand the conflict surrounding elephants and farmers in Southern Bhutan.

A male and a female elephants were fitted with a GPS collar each earlier this month.

Besides studying the seasonality of movements, this project is also to provide information on habitat use, dietary patterns and its home range in the plains and hills.

The study is first of its kind on elephants in Bhutan and is expected to help in managing human elephant conflict and conserving the elephant population in Bhutan.

The project is supported by Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation (BTFEC) and the Joint Support Programme of UNDP and Danida.

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