International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 5, Issue 11, Part A (2019)
Study of behavioural activity and pattern of movement of a separated elephant from its herd-by direct observation
P Arya Alok and Sushree Sangita Mohapatra
Sometimes a single elephant gets distracted from the herd during the migratory movement of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). It certainly remains in trauma especially when the migratory corridor is through the human residing area. The direct observation study of a separated female elephant was done in the area of Rasgovindpur, bordering to Mayurbhanj, Odisha which is near to Similipal biosphere reserve. The behavioural study of feeding, movement pattern and other activities of the elephant towards the presence of crowd, agricultural field etc. were conducted with the help of local forest department. During the period of 4 days (until its reunion with herd), the study revealed the reduced voracious eating habits, reduced movement during day light and hesitance of crowd interaction. To avoid the human-elephant conflict (HEC), the elephant was kept under the constant observation. As it followed the route that was followed by its herd (with small distractions), hence it can be concluded that the migratory path was known or memorised by the separated elephant.
How to cite this article:
P Arya Alok and Sushree Sangita Mohapatra. Study of behavioural activity and pattern of movement of a separated elephant from its herd-by direct observation. International Journal of Applied Research. 2019; 5(11): 22-24.