By Ramachandra V. Gunari
The wildlife division of the Forest Department is gearing up to welcome jumbos that need to be tamed at the Sakrebailu elephant camp, situated about 15 kilometre away from the city.
The authorities have set up twin kraals and ground work has been completed to establish two more to accommodate four wild elephants.
Deputy Conservator of Forest T J Ravikumar told Express: “On the directions of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, we are planning to set up four kraals in the camp. Each kraal is 18X18 feet made of logs. This to some extent prevents injuries.”
After getting permission from the Ministry of Environment and Forest to capture 25 wild elephants in Hassan, Alauru and Sakaleshpura regions, the wildlife division decided to set up kraals in elephant camps at Dubare in Kodagu district, Mattigodu in Hunsur and Sakrebailu.
The operation to capture elephants will commence from Monday.
However, the department has already captured two elephants.
“We are expecting wild elephants in the camp by Sunday. Before that the work of setting up two more kraals will be completed,” said Ravikumar.
Before setting up the kraals, Range Forest Officer Mukund Raj and other staff visited Dubare and Mattigodu camp.
“With the help of an engineer and our staff, we successfully built these sturdy kraals,” Raj said.
The kraals are made up of Eucalyptus tree logs and no nail is used. Even the platform is created by laying logs that would ensure that strength of the kraal is intact.
The elephants will be provided food made of jaggery and sugarcane. This will be given to the elephant by kavadi and mahout who will take care of it, said Ravikumar.
Normally, it takes 60 days to tame a wild elephant at these camps. Mahouts, kavadi and other department officials have the experience of taming wild elephants.
A kraals established in Sakrebailu in 1998 is in a dilapidated condition.
The authorities have tamed elephants Sagar in 1998; Mayura in 1999 and Teertharama in 2003 in this kraals.
“After 11 years, once again our Kavadis and mahouts are ready to tame wild elephants. I have full confidence that they would be successful in their job,”said Ravikumar.