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| Last Updated:06/07/2020

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Elephant deaths in North-East



(Source: Sanctuary Asia. October 2001. ) At least 18 elephants in the northeast states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have died in the last few weeks of a disease believed to be caused by liver fluke worm. Northern Assam's 800km elephant belt is home to some 3,500 Asian elephants, the world's highest concentration. Eight dead elephants were found in Nameri, seven from three neighbouring reserve forests and three more over the border in Arunachal Pradesh near the Pakhui Sanctuary. Most of the dead were calves and semiadults.


The forest department has stated that the deaths are due to an attack of liver fluke worm a water-borne parasite usually found in the livers of sheep and pigs. Given the increasing proximity of human habitation to wildlife habitats, such problems are inevitable.