Bhubaneswar: The seven reserved forests of Odisha have 40 Bengal tigers, 318 leopards and 1954 elephants at present. The statistics were given by Minister of Forest and Environment, Bikram Keshari Arukh in the Assembly.
The population of the tigers in Odisha consists of 13 male, 24 female and 3 cubs.
While Similipal reserved forest holds highest population having 26 Bengal tigers, the rest of the tigers were spotted in other forests across the state including Karanjia – 3, Keonjhar – 3, Sunabeda – 4, Khadiar – 1, Satkoshia – 2 and one tiger in Sundergarh forest.
Similarly, 29 forest ranges are a natural habitat to the leopard population of the state whereas the highest numbers are found in Similipal forest reserve.
The elephant population lives in fifty different forest regions within the state while the majority is spotted at core region of Similipal Forest.