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12 August 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: It was a visitor's delight to catch a glimpse of elephants that marched across a long stretch on Nandan Kanan Zoo premises on the occasion of World Elephant Day (August 12).

The Day was observed with fanfare here as onlookers were allowed to come close and feed the pachyderms a variety of fruits which were specially arranged by the zoo authorities. People of all age groups, especially children, were delighted to spend sometime in the company of the mighty elephants. 

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Ajay Kumar Mohapatra said, "These activities were organised so that people become friendly towards animals. There are 1976 elephants in Odisha and the State has third-largest jumbo population in India. We have three elephant reserves in the State and have planned many activities for elephant conservation over the last 2-3 years."

It is worth mentioning that World Elephant Day is an international annual event celebrated on August 12 dedicated to the protection and preservation of elephants across the globe.

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Ajay Kumar Mohapatra, PCCF, Odisha