Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Mathigodu elephant Camp in India

♂ Balarama


Local id Number 7
Karnataka database43


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ maybe about 67 years old (estimated age)
Body weight: 4990.00 kg, 10978.00 lbs
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1956? wild
Birth place: in Nagarhole National Park
Capture: 1987
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Mathigodu elephant Camp, in India

Date of arrival

Mathigodu elephant Camp
from Murkal elephant camp (Nagarhole)

1987-00-00Murkal elephant camp (Nagarhole)
from Kattepura forest

Record history
History of updates2012-01-02:�weight
2016-12-10: DCEMK_nr
2018-04-30: mahout, kawadi
2018-11-01: weight

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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Balarama is a living Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Mathigodu elephant Camp, in India.

Balarama arrived to the Mathigodu elephant Camp unknown date, relocated from the Murkal elephant camp (Nagarhole), in India.

Balarama lives together with 8 other elephants at the Mathigodu elephant Camp:
  1. Abhimanyu born 1964?
  2. Bhima born 1998?
  3. Krishna born 1961
  4. Maasti born 1995
  5. Sri Rama
  6. Srinivas
  7. Varalakshmi

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Balarama was born wild 1956? at Nagarhole National Park, captured 1987 .

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Mahout Thimma, Kavadi Gopal.

1987: Captured in katepora forest near Somavarpet in 1987.
1997: After the elephant Drona died in 1997, Balarama carries the 750-kilo golden Howdah during Dasara procession in Mysore.
2007-07-07: Abhimanyu, who went berserk, along with other elephants, gored Balarama in the forest.
2011-09-00: weighed 4,610 kgs.
2011-10-09: weighed 4,885 kgs.
2012: Elephant Balarama, who is scheduled to carry the golden Howdah during the Dasara procession for the 13th year, was accompanied by his Mahout Thimma, who was elevated from kavadi, after Mahout Sannappa retired last year. Balaramas kavadi is Gacha.
2015: weighed 4,990 kgs.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Balarama, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Mathigodu elephant Camp in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 2 April 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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