Amer Fort elephant village in India

Amer Fort elephant village
Local name Hathi Gaon

Address Royal Amer Fort
Place Amer
District Jaipur district
Country India


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Amer Fort elephant village, located at Royal Amer Fort, in Amer, Rajastan, India .

Living elephants

At the Amer Fort elephant village lives 113 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)

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Hathigaon (or elephant village) is situated at the foothill of the Amber Palace and Fort near Jaipur which was constructed in the 16thcentury by Rajput King Man Singh.

Located nearby is the village of Amer after which the Amer fort is named. But another thing, which makes the village special today are the number of elephants it houses. About 110 elephants are taken care of here by the mahouts or elephant riders of the village.

2008: Shyam Gupta, who owns four elephants there, said: "There is a 25% to 30% reduction in our earnings due to the drop in tourist flow this season. This comes in the backdrop of the rising cost of commodities and made life difficult for us."
Another elephant owner Haji Karim Khan said, "We have to earn at least Rs 2,000 a day to sustain the business. I have six elephants, taking the average maintenance cost to around Rs 6,000 per day."
"We are not earning enough either to feed ourselves or the animals," said Naimuddeen, another elephant owner. "It has been a bad year for tourism. The state was in the limelight for all wrong reasons".

2015: As per the Counter Affidavit filed by the Rajasthan Forest Department in W.P(C) No. 743 of 2014 (“Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre and Ors. versus Union of India and Ors.”), there were 132 privately owned captive elephants in Rajasthan in January 2015.
2016: In January 2016, the official database showed the population as 110 captive elephants.
2017: In October 2017, details of 103 captive elephants were sent to AWBI for registration under PARR, 2001.

2018: Height of elephants:
*2.26 m to 2.55 m (7.41-8.36 ft) 49 elephants:
Ride No. 2, 7, 10, 16, 17, 18, 22, 25, 31, 33, 35, 44, 56, 58, 64, 65, 68, 71, 72, 73, 75, 78, 81, 82, 83, 85, 90, 91, 93, 95, 97, 102, 105, 106, 107, 109, 110, 111, 112, 117, 123, 127, 120, 125, 126, 128, 131, 132, and 133
*Above 2.55 m (8.36 ft) 43 elephants:
Ride No. 1, 4, 9, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 23, 27, 34, 36, 39, 41, 43, 49, 51, 52, 53, 55, 57, 59, 62, 63, 87, 70, 74, 76, 79, 84, 88, 89, 92, 94, 96, 98, 99, 100, 116, 122, 129, 134, and AWBI application no.25

2020: The mahouts of Hathi Gaon in Jaipur are sending their elephants, which were the essence of Jaipur royal history for centuries, to neighbouring Gujarat.Till date, 13 elephants have been shifted to Jamnagar after seeking a three-year permission from the state forest department. Three more elephants are in line to be shifted.

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Koehl, Dan (2024). Amer Fort elephant village, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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2021-01-06Citing health of animals, centre says stop elephant rides at jaipur amer fort - Elephant News

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