Karnataka has taken the number one position in elephant population in the country with 6049 elephants counted. The Central Government Environment Ministry has just released the elephant census statistics for 2017, which says Karnataka has the highest number of elephants.  The total number of elephants in the country is 27,312, reported Kannada Prabha.

According to the previous elephant census conducted in 2012 there were 29,391 to 30,711 elephants in the country. However, the current census was more scientific and accurate placing the number at 27,312.  The number has not come down but stable and in some regions it has increased said the officials.

As per the census, highest numbers of elephants are in Nagarahole, Bandipura and Bhadra Reserve Forest in Karnataka. Second highest is in Assam with 5, 719 and third Kerala with 3,054 elephants counted. The southern forest range is home to large number of elephants with 11,960 elephants. Northeast region has 10,139 elephants. The north west and central India has very less number of elephants.

In Tamil nadu there are 2,761, Odisha 1,976, Uttar Khanda 1,839, Meghalaya 1,754, Arunachal Pradesh 1,614, West Bengal 682, Jharkhand 672 elephants are counted.

The elephant census in Karnataka started previous year was conducted in 33 forest divisions, with 679 units.