Balarama an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Mathigodu elephant Camp (Thithimathi)

Male ♂ Asian elephant (<em>Elephas maximus</em>) Balarama at Mathigodu elephant Camp (Thithimathi)

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ID Number:Local id Number: 7 - 
43 in Database for Captive Elephants in Karnataka - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ maybe about 64 years old (estimated age)
Body weight: 4990.00 kg, 10978.00 lbs
Management:Free contact
Location:Mathigodu elephant Camp (Thithimathi)
ArrivalMathigodu elephant Camp (Thithimathi)
from Murkal elephant camp (Nagarhole)
Murkal elephant camp (Nagarhole) 1987-00-00
from Kattepura forest
Born:* 1956? wild
in Nagarhole National Park
Capture: 1987,
Document updated2012-01-02:�weight
2016-12-10: DCEMK_nr
2018-04-30: mahout, kawadi
2018-11-01: weight
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, D., (2020). Balarama, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Mathigodu elephant Camp (Thithimathi) in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 September 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Database for Captive Elephants and their Mahouts in Karnataka
    made 2009 by Surendra Varma, Shiela Rao, Suparna Ganguly and Rajendra Hasbhavi, India
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