Neelakandan at Muthanga elephant camp (East Wayanad)

Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Neelakandan at Muthanga elephant camp (East Wayanad)

Neelakandan
ID Number:Chip id Number: 00065EA6E9 - Local id Number: 138 - 
6 in Database for Captive Elephants in Kerala - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 22 years old
Management:Free contact
Location:Muthanga elephant camp (East Wayanad)
ArrivedMuthanga elephant camp (East Wayanad) 2018-09-16
from Theppakadu elephant camp (Mudumalai)
Theppakadu elephant camp (Mudumalai) 2018-06-15
from Kodanadu Elephant training centre
Born:1996 unknown
Document updated2018-03-18: nrs
2018-06-12: text
2018-07-10: transferred to Mudumalai
2018-09-18: transferred to Muthanga
2018-06-11: The forest department’s attempt to take an elephant for training in Tamil Nadu was blocked due to the disagreement of the natives. The authorities were blocked by hundreds of people when they reached there at 2 AM. The attempts of police to execute the actions of the department was also futile. The elephant named Neelakandan from the Kodanad elephant training centre was planned to be taken to Muthumala camp for a special training.

2018-09-18: Giving impetus to the upgrade move, three ‘kumki’ (trained) elephants were brought to the kraal two days ago after a three-month training at the Theppakadu elephant training camp in Tamil Nadu. With this, the number of ‘kumkis’ in the kraal has gone up to five.

The trio — Surya, 24, from the Muthanga elephant camp; Neelakandan, 22, from the Abhayaranyam elephant training and rescue centre, Kodanad; and Surendran, 17, from the Konni camp — were shifted to the Theppakadu training camp in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve for training on June 14.

Sources, among others

  • http://www.forest.kerala.gov.in/images/cekerala.pdf
  • http://english.mathrubhumi.com/news/kerala/people-block-attempt-to-take-elephant-for-training-attempt-to-take-elephant-fails-1.2880076
  • https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/elephants-from-kerala-begin-training-at-mudumalai/article24176226.ece
  • https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/jumbo-plans-for-muthanga-camp/article24971406.ece
  • Database for Captive Elephants in Kerala
    made 2009 by Surendra Varma, E.K. Easwaran, T.S. Rajeev, Marshal.C.Radhakrishnan, S. R. Sujata and Nibha Namboodiri , India

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