One of the greatest threats to elephants is the encroachment of human activity within the environment that they live. More and more land is being taken over for crops housing and various tourist activity which has had a catastrophic impact on the migratory routes that elephants travel in search of food and water. The growing casualties attempting to cross rail lines is another worrying outcome. That finally India has made a truly historic judgement to safeguard the welfare of elephants is cause for real celebration. No less than 39 resorts and hotels directly in or on the elephant corridors in the Nilgiri Hills have been ordered to close within 48 hours ! What a stunning decision to make. The decision was made in the Supreme Court where the view expressed regarding elephants was that they are part of the national heritage......at last the respect and protection these gently giants deserve.