Elephants help rescue effort

An elephant in India hurt his leg and became stuck in swamp waters.  Local villagers have been bringing the wild elephant food.  They have ridden their domestic elephants into the murky water to deliver supplies.  Now a team of rangers and vets have arrived to free the elephant and fix the leg.

One of the most touching aspects of this story is that the domestic elephants showed great compassion for their fallen wild friend.  They intertwined trunks for extended periods of time, an act usually reserved only for friendly family members.

From ABC News:

Indian veterinarians are treating a 10-year-old wild elephant with an injured leg to help it escape from a marshy area where it has been stuck for at least five days.

The state Forest and Environment Ministry said forest rangers are bringing domesticated elephants to help rescue the trapped male elephant in Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary, 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state.

Sadly, more elephants are becoming trapped (and often die) in wells or dangerous waters.  This is due to climate change – wild elephants are going into unchartered territory to search for water and food.



Elephant Census Volunteers

Do you have time and funds to stay in southern India for a while?  You might be interested in volunteering for the elephant census.  The Karnataka Forest Department is accepting volunteer applications from people age 22-age 50.  You must work long hours May 15-19, counting elephants and collecting dung samples.  Prior to your work, you undergo compulsary training.

Work is unpaid, but there is no fee to participate.  Applications are due April 18.

The last census was completed in 2012 with volunteers estimating that 5,000 elephants lived in Karnataka.

IMG_3676Photo: taken at Elephant Nature Park

Love for the Giants

A new art exhibit in India raises awareness about human-elephant conflict.  “For the Love of Giants” is an exhibit of fifteen paintings and five pottery pieces by artist Praveen Nandkumar.   All proceeds from the sale of the art will go to A Rocha India, a not-for-profit organization.  They try to reduce human-animal conflicts by building fences with natural and man-made materials, doing camera tracking of wild animals, installing warning systems to alert residents of elephant presence, and running educational programs.

The exhibit is shown in India, at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath.


Video: A Rocha India, YouTube