CHINA Wild Asian elephants migrating northward in southwest China


Wild Asian elephants migrating northward in southwest China


14:09, May 30, 2021

KUNMING, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Authorities are tracking 15 wild Asian elephants in southwest China's Yunnan Province as the herd migrates northward.

Aerial photo taken on May 28, 2021 shows a herd of wild Asian elephants in Eshan County, Yuxi City, southwest China's Yunnan Province. (Photo: Xinhua)

The elephants are now wandering in the county of Eshan, following a long journey from the province's southmost prefecture starting from April 16. They are currently less than 50 km away from the provincial capital Kunming, the provincial forestry and grassland administration said.

Monitoring images show that the herd includes six female adult elephants, three male adults, three sub-adults, and three cubs.

Local authorities said it is rare for the giant animals to move so far northward from their traditional habitat. They have taken measures to prevent human-elephant conflict as the elephants may well stray into human settlements.

Since 1958, Yunnan has established 11 national or regional-level nature reserves in the tropics, covering a total area of about 510,000 hectares. The reserves protect the Asian elephants, with their population totaling approximately 300.

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