Wildlife Conservation Trust has awarded small grant to a project of elephant conservation in Assam using Smart Border System for the year 2018-19.
The project is aimed at saving elephants from being killed by speeding trains. There are numerous incidents of elephants being mowed down by trains in Assam. In February five elephants were killed by a speeding train.
Wildlife Conservation Trust aims at providing an opportunity to budding or practicing conservationists to pursue their passion of conserving endangered species and their habitats by awarding small grants.
Several organisations and individuals spread all over India are today involved in the conservation or research of endangered species and their habitats.
The WCT currently works in over 130 national parks and sanctuaries of India across 23 states, covering 82 percent of 50 tiger reserves and 18 percent of 733 nature reserves. With over 3.5 million people living inside tiger reserves and several hundred million dependent on natural ecosystems WCT lays equal emphasis on wildlife conservation and community development.
As per media reports, Assam has the maximum number of elephants, 5719, followed by 1,754 in Meghalayaand 1,614 in Arunachal Pradesh.