Bharatha at Theppakadu elephant camp (Mudumalai)

† Bharatha
Alternative name:Bharathi
ID Number:
138? (N/A) in Database for Captive Elephants in Tamil Nadu - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 7 years old
Dead date: 2017-12-00,
Death reason: disease: bacterial infection, possibly Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)?
Location:Theppakadu elephant camp (Mudumalai)
ArrivedTheppakadu elephant camp (Mudumalai) 2013-08-28
from Tiruvannamalai district
Born:2010 wild in
Tiruvannamalai district
Capture: 2016,
Document updated2018-03-15: death
This male was one of the six elephants captured by the Forest Department from Tiruvannamalai. Of the six, three were sent to the Kozhikamuthi Elephant Camp at Top Slip in Anaimalai, while the other three were brought to Theppakadu.

2017-05-14: The Theppakadu elephant camp in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve was reopened to the public on Saturday after a gap of four months. The camp had been closed after two of the elephants there, Narmada and Bharathi, died in December of 2017. Their deaths were said to have been caused by the elephants contracting bacterial infection, precipitated by the lack of rainfall within the reserve. After their deaths, the elephant camp was indefinitely closed by MTR officials.

Sources, among others

  • http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/six-elephants-translocated-113083000783_1.html
  • http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/theppakadu-elephant-camp-reopened/article18450433.ece
  • Database for Captive Elephants and their Mahouts in Tamil Nadu
    made 2009 by Surendra Varma, N. Kalaivanan, N.S.Manoharan, R. Thirumurugan, S. Thangaraj Panneerslevam and N. Mohanraj, India

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