A passenger train struck a herd of elephants this week, killing 7 and injuring 10. The accident took place at dusk in the Chapramari wildlife sanctuary, near West Bengal where approximately 40 elephants were crossing.
The train operator was speeding, even though operators have been “repeatedly urged” to reduce their speed through this part of the tracks because of the number of elephants in the area.
Unfortunately this is not a random occurrence. At least 50 elephants have been killed by trains in West Bengal since 2004.
Human encroachment in elephant territories is a huge problem in India. The habitats are becoming fragmented, the elephant corridors are being stripped away.
What is an elephant corridor?
Corridors are strips of land, pathways, that allow the elephants to move freely from one area to another. Like shortcuts, they keep them connected so they are not cut off from one…
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