By P. Oppili
The six elephants that were captured from Tiruvannamalai district in August last year and rehabilitated at camps in Mudumalai and Aanamalai Tiger Reserves are ready to be released from kraals (an enclosure made of wooden logs), according to Raman Sukumar, Professor and Chairman, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Prof. Sukumar has been appointed by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to monitor the health and maintenance of the captured pachyderms. Of the six elephants, three sub adults – a male and two females – have been sent to the camp in Varagaliyar in Aanamalai Tiger Reserve, Pollachi. At the camp, the females share a kraal. Similarly, two males and a female were rehabilitated in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. Wildlife officials have kept them in separate kraals. Time has come for all the pachyderms to be released from kraals and allow interaction with other elephants in the camp. Prof Sukumar said: “I am very satisfied with the rearing and treatment of elephants in both the tiger reserves.”
Prof. Sukumar said the six animals could not be released into the wild as they were accustomed to raiding crops. Even if they were released into the wild, they would come out again and indulge in crop raiding, he added.