Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Balarama at Mathigodu elephant Camp

♂ Balarama


Local id Number 7
Karnataka database43


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ maybe about 65 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
Present / last location:Mathigodu elephant Camp, in India

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

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

Document updated2012-01-02:�weight
2016-12-10: DCEMK_nr
2018-04-30: mahout, kawadi
2018-11-01: weight
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Balarama is a living Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at Mathigodu elephant Camp, in India.

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

In Mathigodu elephant Camp, Balarama lives together with 8 other elephants with records in this database: (detailed list)

  1. ,
  2. Abhimanyu born 1964?
  3. ,
  4. Bhima born 1998?
  5. ,
  6. Krishna born 1961
  7. ,
  8. Maasti born 1995
  9. ,
  10. Sri Rama
  11. ,
  12. Srinivas
  13. ,
  14. Varalakshmi (Varlaxmi) born 1954?
  15. , (see detailed list).


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

Comments / pictures

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 listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Balarama, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Mathigodu elephant Camp in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 August 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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