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KENDRAPADA: The population of elephants has marginally increased this year during the annual jumbo census in the three forest ranges of Jajpur district and its nearby areas. The forest officials counted 42 elephants recently, a jump from the 37 they had sighted in 2015.
Forest officials claimed to have sighted 32 elephants in Dalijoda forest range and 10 in Tamaka range. “However, we could not sight any elephant in Sukinda range during the four-day long jumbo census (held from May 9 to 12). Two years back, during the elephant census, we had counted 28 jumbos in Daligodi, three in Tamaka and six in Sukinda forest ranges,” Sudrashan Patra, divisional forest officer (DFO) of Cuttack, said.