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A rehabilitation centre for elephants has started functioning at KappuCaud (Kottoor) in the Agasthyavanam Biological Park, Kerala - India.
The rehabilitation centre currently houses four elephants, including a 74-year-old tusker that is one of the oldest in the State. The elephants are looked after by expert handlers who take care of their needs till they die. The elephants are used for safaris to entertain the visitors.

The state government decided on the project following frequent reports of ill-treatment of sick and old elephants.

The cost of setting up the 100-acre ‘elephant rehabilitation centre’ (ERC) is pegged at Rs.50 million.

“When completed the centre will see elephants freely moving around without chains. Fodder for elephants also will be grown at the centre,” added Varghese.

According to elephant expert Jacob Cheeran - “At present there are three such centres in the US and one is coming up in Spain. The initiative of the state government is commendable, but a lot of caution has to be exercised,” said Cheeran.

A paper making unit using elephant dung is also being planned at the ERC.

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::prashanth
02/20/10 6:53 PM GMT
Very Good shot of the majestic Elephant Sree. It looks like the you have used higher iso in this shot (the image appears to have burned out). I appreciate the move of the government to take care of those old Elephants. Thanks for the narrative :)
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If "Ignorance is bliss", then why should we seek knowledge?
.sahadk
02/21/10 5:39 AM GMT
നല്ല നീളമുള്ള തുമ്പിക്കൈ,ലക്ഷണമൊത്ത ആനയാണെന്ന് പറയാം.വളരെ
മനോഹരമായിരിക്കുന്നു.പിന്നെ വിവരണം ഗംഭീരമായിട്ടുണ്ട്.
Nice capture Sree,excellent work!!!!
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::Ramad
02/21/10 12:05 AM GMT
I have heard of a similar camp for elephants also in Thailand. Nice to know that there are such centres in Kerala. Here the elephant looks as if she is smiling!Nice image, Sree.
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If practice makes perfect and nobody is perfect, then why practice?
.captaindrewi
02/23/10 2:38 AM GMT
very interesting.....magnificent noble creatures.
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.lovestoned
02/23/10 4:47 AM GMT
I like it! This is photography, right here.
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::BosNana
02/23/10 4:10 PM GMT
Nice shot. Great natural coloring and the entire picture holds my interest. Nice to know that just because an animal is getting older, it is not neglected. Hope to see more like this.
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.vlad421
02/26/10 6:27 PM GMT
Elephants are amazing intelligent and gentle creatures and im glad to hear about the Rehabilitation centre being made for them! nice shot
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