Merry (Mary) an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS camp)

Merry (Mary)
ID Number:Local id Number: 22 (Mathigodu) -  Notice: A non well formed numeric value encountered in /customers/6/2/a/ on line 713
58 in Database for Captive Elephants in Karnataka - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 62 years old
Body weight: 2980.00 kg, 6556.00 lbs
Management:Free contact
Location:Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS camp)
ArrivalJaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS camp) 2018-04-21
from Mathigodu elephant Camp (Thithimathi)
Mathigodu elephant Camp (Thithimathi)
from Balle Elephant Camp (Kabini)
Balle Elephant Camp (Kabini)
from Sunkadakatte elephant camp
Sunkadakatte elephant camp
from Kakanakote forest
Kakanakote forest
from Nagarhole National Park
Born:* 1958 wild
in Nagarhole National Park
Capture: 1977,
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (F) 1998 Ganga
  2. (M) 2012-08-18 unknown
Document updated2010-10-02: dassehra
2010-10-02: prev location
2012-01-02: age, weight, mother to Ganga
2012-07-02: alt name
2016-12-11: DCEMK_nr
2018-04-23: transferred to Jaldapara
2010-10-03: The elephant Mary will be taking part in Mysore Dasara for 10th time.

2011-08: The mother-daughter pair of Mary and Ganga had grabbed the attention of visitors during the welcome ceremony at the Amba Vilas Palace here on Thursday. While 54-year-old Mary was caught in the Kakanakote forest in 1977, it has participated in Dasara for 10 years. Mary hails from Sunkadakatte elephant camp in Hunsur. Mary weighs 2,980 kg.

2012: Mary, who was caught at Kakanakote forest area in H.D. Kote in 1977 during a khedda operation when she was 20 years old, has already given birth to five calves. Mary has participated in Jumboo Savari on for 10 consecutive years. She first took part in the Dasara procession in 2002.

2018-04-22: Five elephants from Mathigodu Elephant Camp near Gonikoppa in Kodagu district were sent to Jaldapara National Park in West Bengal on Saturday. Mary (61), Dharmaraya (8), Srinivas (15), Sarathi (18) and Nanjunda (23) were sent in a lorry to West Bengal.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Merry (Mary), an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS camp) 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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