Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023

The absence of captive elephants in Madhya Pradesh is impacting tiger conservation



by Manish Chandra Mishra



  • In the tiger state of Madhya Pradesh, captive elephants are used for patrolling forests and for conservation work, including tiger management.


  • The state, however, has a shortage of captive elephants that can be used for conservation activities and the forest department has been trying to translocate elephants from other states.


  • There is an ongoing debate over the stressful conditions of elephants in captivity. Experts say that there is a need to find alternatives to elephants, such as all-terrain vehicles, for patrolling.