Wandering elephants evicted 150 thousand Chinese
150 thousand Chinese were displaced by wandering elephants.
In Yunnan province in southwestern China, more than 150,000 people have been evacuated since April during the migration of a herd of elephants. In the spring of 2021, a herd of Asian elephants left their habitat in the forests of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture. For several months, 14 elephants roamed the territory of the province, and now the herd is returning to its traditional habitat. The provincial authorities closely monitored the herd's migration route and took steps to ensure the safety of both animals and residents of the settlements through which the elephants passed.
"As of August 8, more than 150,000 people have been evacuated," the provincial government said in a statement. To control the situation with the migration of elephants, more than 25 thousand police officers and other workers, over 970 unmanned vehicles tracking the route of animals, as well as about 1.5 thousand pieces of equipment were involved. More than 180 tons of food was used to provide elephants with food during the migration. In the PRC, a number of measures were introduced to protect Asian elephants, as a result of which their number increases by 3-5% annually. Population growth means an expansion of the habitat, which, in particular, determines their mass migration.