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UP Forest Officials Have Never Heard of Elephant Whisperers that Can Tame These Wild Giants

Anthony initially refused but then he realized that his refusal could mean the death of the elephants

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The bestseller, published in 2009, talks about the time when Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of 'rogue' elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa. Pixabay

Forest officials in Uttar Pradesh who have been grappling with the problem of two wild tuskers wandering in western part of the state, have not even heard of the technique of elephant whisperers that can tame these wild giants.

“The Elephant Whisperer” a famous book by South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony gives a heartwarming account of taming a herd of wild elephants.

The bestseller, published in 2009, talks about the time when Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of ‘rogue’ elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa.

Anthony initially refused but then he realized that his refusal could mean the death of the elephants.

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Forest officials in Uttar Pradesh who have been grappling with the problem of two wild tuskers wandering in western part of the state. Pixabay

He agreed, but before arrangements for the move could be completed the animals broke out again and the matriarch and her baby were shot.

The remaining elephants were traumatised, dangerous, and very angry. As soon as they arrived at Thula Thula they started planning their escape.

As Lawrence battled to create a bond with the elephants and save them from execution, he came to realize that they had a lot to teach him about life, loyalty and freedom.

Everyday the new matriarch would plan to bring down the perimetre and escape. But right when she would approach with the herd for the escapade, Lawrence would stand guard outside the perimetres keeping a constant vigil.

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Every night the matriarch would meet the eyes of this man pleading for her to understand that death was certain if she took the herd out, as it was made clear that the rogue would not be spared if they escaped Thula Thula.

Hunters with rifles circled the park waiting for the big game.

After months of this emotional stand-off between Lawrence and the matriarch, finally at dawn, she reach out across the perimetre and touched Lawrence with her trunk, finally giving in to his appeal.

Set against the background of life on the reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, this delightful book tells us that even the wildest elephants can be tamed.

 

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“The Elephant Whisperer” a famous book by South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony gives a heartwarming account of taming a herd of wild elephants. Pixabay

Lawrence gradually tamed the tuskers and they began to respond to his love. When Anthony died, the elephants went to his house, mourned and returned to their enclosure.

Top forest officials in Uttar Pradesh have not even heard of Anthony’s experiences.

“These elephants are too dangerous and we cannot take the risk of experimenting with them. Even the most-trained mahouts have refused to help us with these tuskers that have already killed five persons,” said a senior official from the forest service.

“Fact is different from fiction. I have not heard about ‘Elephant Whisperer’ but it seems like a fairy tale. We cannot risk lives in this case trying to emulate the elephant whisperer formula.”

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Meanwhile, the 40-year-old wild tusker that entered Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) was spotted in a sugarcane field at Majara village under Puranpur tehsil on Monday.

A team of trained elephant trackers called from West Bengal traced the jumbo footprints over 7km and spotted it in a sugarcane field in the Majara village.

Field Director of PTR, H. Rajamohan, said that tusker was expected to move towards Nepal in a day or two.

“This tusker is not aggressive in behaviour and is avoiding areas where villagers are present. This is a relief for us as this characteristic makes the possibility of this elephant attacking human beings remote,” he said.

The forest force, however, would keep a close eye on it with a view to ensuring safety of the villagers of the area, he added.

This tusker is one of the two wild bull elephants that was tranquilized in Rampur district and shifted to PTR. Both were released on Thursday night in PTR’s Mahof range.

Soon the two, inseparable since June 24 while they wandered from one place to another, parted ways and the older elephant, aged 40 years, moved towards Uttarakhand. Its companion, aged 35, headed towards Mataiyya Lalpur village and made a nuisance of itself, damaging a house, destroying paddy crop and eating bananas.

On Saturday, the younger bull headed towards Sampurna Nagar forest range of North Kheri forest division, much to the relief of PTR staff.

Both the tuskers are now following the route that leads them back to Nepal. (IANS)

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India’s First Elephant Memorial Opens on Agra-Mathura Highway at Facility Developed by WildLife SOS

The Wildlife SOS Elephant Memorial symbolises the sacrifice of the gentle giants, which lost their lives while suffering brutality at the hands of humans

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These elephants suffered from a very disturbed past and Wildlife SOS has given them the opportunity to enjoy the life that they truly deserved. Pixabay

The country’s first memorial for elephants, which died in harness or as victims of human brutalities, was opened on the Agra-Mathura highway on Friday at a facility developed by WildLife SOS, an NGO .

After the formal inauguration, chief guest K. Praveen Rao, Additional Principal Chief Conservator in Uttar Pradesh Forest Department, congratulated the NGO for its effort.

“These elephants suffered from a very disturbed past and Wildlife SOS has given them the opportunity to enjoy the life that they truly deserved,” Rao said.

The Wildlife SOS Elephant Memorial symbolises the sacrifice of the gentle giants, which lost their lives while suffering brutality at the hands of humans.

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After the formal inauguration, chief guest K. Praveen Rao, Additional Principal Chief Conservator in Uttar Pradesh Forest Department, congratulated the NGO for its effort. Pixabay

Most elephants used in circuses and for tourist rides are captured from the wild and are forced to undergo a lifetime of misery. The memorial with stone boulders and engraved black granite plaques names some of the elephants which suffered this fate.

Arnita Sandilya, a spokesperson for WildLife SOS, said, “Historically, animals have played a significant role alongside soldiers and police officers, which is why memorials exist around the world for horses, dogs and elephants recognising their sacrifices.

“Each memorial is a touching tribute to the animals who served humans and laid down their lives for them. One of the oldest elephant memorials was established in 1885 in the US in the memory of Jumbo, an elephant which was tragically killed in a train accident.”

The Elephant Memorial in Mathura remembers Champa, Sita, Mohan, Lakhi and Luna, whose stories draw attention to the plight of captive elephants in India and underline why it is critical to prevent other elephants from suffering a similar fate.

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The memorial consists of five boulders, each with engraved plaques to commemorate the spirit of the departed elephants.

Anand Kumar, Divisional Conservator of Forests, said that elephants are important elements of India’s culture and tradition, which are on the brink of extinction.

Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder and CEO, Wildlife SOS, said, “Despite being revered as ‘avatars’ of Lord Ganesha, elephants suffer great pain and abuse throughout their lives. Rescued elephants find peace and comfort at the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre. Through this memorial, we aim to create a calm and peaceful area as a tribute to the elephants.” (IANS)