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‘Aadhaar’ for elephants: Genetic mapping of over 2700 captive jumbos to be done across country

DNA samples of all the captive elephants across the country are being collected under the aegis of Project Elephant. The effort is to reduce atrocities against captive jumbos in the country in the aftermath of the tragic death of elephants in Kerala in June this year. This exercise will give a unique identity number to the elephants “just like an Aadhaar card which will be generated based on their DNA”. The genetic mapping will ensure that each captive elephant is only kept by an authorised person after getting a nod from the state chief wildlife warden.

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