Eighty-seven-year-old Dakshayani is the grandmother and 9-month-old Kannan the baby among captive elephants within the State.
They were a part of the first-ever captive elephant census undertaken across the State daily past. As several as 521 elephants were enumerated within the huge exercise undertaken by the Forests and wildlife Department on the idea of a Supreme judicial writ.
These included 401 male elephants, ninety eight female elephants, and 22 ‘makhna’ (tusk-less male elephants; additionally referred to as ‘mozha’ in native parlance).
Dakshayani, happiness to Chengalloor Sree Mahadeva Temple at Poojappura here, was given the ‘Gaja Muthassi’ title by the Travancore Devaswom Board 2 years past. Kannan has been protected at the elephant rehabilitation camp at Kottoor when it had been brought from the Devikulam direct might this year.
Several details per the elephants, together with measurements, permanent shelters, and data of householders and mahouts, were collected throughout the census. Besides, forest officers additionally examined numerous documents, together with possession certificates and registers for recording the elephants’ work, feed, movement, treatment, malady and vaccination, and musth, besides the data-book issued by the department. The chip embedded within the animals and their DNA profiles were additionally determined.
Sources same several elephants were found maintained while not correct documentation. The Supreme judicial writ had allowable granting conditional certificates in such cases.
The measurements of some elephants couldn't be recorded as they were found to be in phase.
Head of the Forest Force and Chief life warden P.K. Kesavan same, hopefully, the enumeration method coated all captive elephants within the State. “All elephant owners had been familiar of the census well beforehand. we tend to are assured all elephants in our info became a part of the survey. If the least bit any elephant wasn't brought for the census, it'll be tough for the owner concerned to clarify the explanation for his or her absence. we are going to be forced to think about vindicatory measures in such cases,” he said.