Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Forest Department is coming up with an innovative idea of an old age home for elephants suffering from age. Not only that, a nursery for baby elephants is also in the offing.
The Elephant Rehabilitation Centre, getting set up at Kottur in Thiruvananthapuram district, will provide facilities for the caring of aged elephants as well as for the baby elephants often rescued from the wild.
Tenders have already been invited for the Phase I work of the Rehabilitation Centre. The Rs 105 crores project aims at creating a space where elephants can dwell peacefully in a natural environment. The old age home for elephants will provide care for those elephants weakened due to old age. The nursery will have facilities to care for the baby elephants rescued from the wild under various circumstances.
Specialities in the nursery:
- Rooms for baby elephants
- Baby elephants up to the age of three years will be cared at the nursery
- Accommodation facilities for the baby elephants’ mahouts will also be arranged close by
- Facilities to provide the best of health care
- Kitchen to prepare special food for the baby elephants
- After three years, the young elephants will be sent out to join the other elephants in the centre
Specialities of old age home:
- Aged elephants from the elephant camps under the Forest Department will be accommodated here
- 24 hour service of veterinary doctors will be made available along with medicines
- Each elephant will be given the diet according to its physical condition
- Specially trained mahouts and assistants
- Special zones where the aged elephants can roam around on their own, without disturbance from other elephants
- Aged elephants under private ownership will also be accepted. However, the owner will have to provide for the expenses
- Wild elephants caught while damaging crops in villages surrounding forest areas will also be shifted to this centre in case they are aged