The graph below shows the changes in maximum number of Asian elephants between 1997 and 2027.

Jul 15, 2021 / Academic / 9:19 am

Data regarding the actual number of elephants lived in nine countries in 1997 and its estimated population in 2027 is depicted in the given bar graph.

In general, except in Cambodia and Laos, the number of elephants is projected to decline in varying proportions.

As per the graph, in 1997, majority of Asian elephants were found in India, Myanmar and Thailand. In India, this was nearly 10,000, which was almost the double than that of Myanmar’s elephant numbers (around 5200). In Thailand, this was approximately 3800. In both Malaysia and Sri Lanka, there were around 3000 elephants. The rest of the countries had an average of 1000 elephants.

Of the projected decline in the elephant population in 2027, the worst is anticipated in India, when there would be a decline of nearly 2400. In both Malaysia and Thailand this is going to be 2000. A decline of over 400 is expected in Myanmar, while in Sri Lanka, it is around 200. The least decline is expected in Vietnam. In China, the projected elephant population is set to drop by half.

It is to be noted that in Laos, there would be no change in the statistics, whereas in Cambodia, it is estimated to increase to around 1400.

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