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Kerala forestry official admits collusion with elephant poachers

Elephants grazing in Wayanad, Kerala.
Elephants grazing in Wayanad, Kerala. Image by Kalidas Pavithran / CC BY 2.0

A former forestry official in the Indian state of Kerala has admitted acting as a guide for poachers who have killed at least 10 elephants in the state’s national parks in the last 10 months. Kerala has the largest population of wild elephants in India, with 3520 elephants recorded in the last elephant census in 2011, but poaching is an ongoing problem, and allegations of corruption by wildlife and forestry officials are widespread. Read more: hindustantimes.com