Second oldest camp elephant dies in Tamil Nadu

2022-04-27 - Pollachi, India.

Vijayalakshmi, the second oldest camp elephant of the Tamil forest department, died at the age of 71 in the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) on Wednesday afternoon. The female elephant had not been taking fodder properly for the last 20 days due to digestive ailments. A four-member team had been treating the elephant for the last 20 days, due to digestive ailments.

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A film on Malasar tribes of Anamalai

2022-04-08 - Pollachi, India.

Malasar, a six-minute conservation film, narrated by actor Nasser, shows not just the sacred bond between elephants and the Malasar tribes of the Anamalai Hills but also the need to protect the tribes, their identity and conventional wisdom. The Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) near TopSlip is exclusively used to train and discipline captive Asian elephants under the native tribes, who have special skills to work with them. Anaimalai is designated as an ‘anthropol...

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Anamalai Tiger Reserve struggles without a dedicated veterinarian

2022-01-26 - Pollachi, India.

The Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) is yet to get a dedicated veterinarian despite being a protected habitat of endangered species such as tiger, elephant, the Nilgiri tahr (also the State animal of Tamil Nadu), Lion-tailed Macaque and home to more than 20 camp elephants. ATR currently has 27 camp elephants at its two elephant camps — Kozhikamuthi and Varagaliyar. The camp elephants require veterinary care when they fall sick or males develop musth.

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This "Kalpana Chawla" obeys 50-odd commands

2014-05-04 - Pollachi, India.

Every love story is interesting. This one is more so as R. Palanisamy begins saying ‘Kalpana Chawla’ will be expecting him back home. He is a mahout and ‘Kalpana Chawla’ is the elephant he has trained. And, they both live in the Tamil Nadu Forest Department’s elephant camp in Topslip.

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A fire cracker being burst near an elephant herd at Sholayar estate near Valparai.

Elephants stay put in tea estates near Valparai

2006-09-06 - Pollachi, United States. M. Gunasekaran

The herd of 14 elephants continues to stay in tea estates near Valparai. They have been there for over the last one week and the forest department has sent four kumkis (tamed elephants) from its elephant camp at Kolikamuthi to drive the herd into reserve forests.

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Elephants Day at Topslip Wildlife Sanctuary

2004-10-06 - Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, India.

NO MORNING line-up or rides for tourists into the jungles on their backs! It was Elephants Day, part of Wildlife Week celebrations, at the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Topslip near Pollachi this Sunday, and the pachyderms were having a real holiday. The Conservator of Forests, Coimbatore Circle, T. Sekar, said that the elephants were brought to Topslip from their camps in Kozhikamudhi and Varagliyar tribal settlements.

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