A survey of elephant corridors across railway tracks in northern West Bengal, India, to prevent elephant deaths caused by train accidents followed by a workshop for stakeholders on reducing elephant casualties along the Siliguri- AlipurDuar railway line, , India
Fast moving trains are killing an increasing number of elephants as the trains traverse fragmented elephant habitat in northern West Bengal, India. Conducting a survey of the train route identified the paths traditionally used by elephant herds as they migrate and move within their habitat. The results of this survey helped to determine options to reduce elephant deaths without hindering essential railway operations and identified specific locations along the railway line where elephant casualties are frequent and severe. Invited representatives of three railway zones, the Ministry of Railways, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change of the Government of India, and various prominent and experienced elephant conservationists and organizations were invited to the following workshop to discuss issues and solutions to collisions between trains and wildlife.