The annual 48-day rejuvenation camp for elephants at the Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) and Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) began at the two places on Thursday.
Of the 21 elephants in ATR, 14 were kept in ATR while seven were sent to Thekkampatty annual rejuvenation camp on Wednesday. Of the elephants in ATR six are undergoing rejuvenation at Kozhlikamuthi and five at Chinnar tribal settlement near Topslip.
The camp will include the three elephants rescued from Tiruvannamalai where they caused a disturbance in a human settlement. They were trained in a ‘kraal’ in Varakaliyar by mahouts and kavadis.
Each elephant will be given a special diet and vitamin tablets during the camp based on the diet chart prescribed by the veterinary physician after monitoring each elephant’s weight and height.
“The ‘Kumki’ elephants are usually engaged in elephant safaris in Topslip and Mudumalai to promote tourism activities but that will be stopped temporarily because of the rejuvenation camp,” said a forest official.
Usually the Forest Department provides ragi, horse gram and rice to the elephants. During the 48-day camp, green gram, turmeric, mineral mixture, multivitamin tablets, chavanprash and ashta choornam will be given to them as special diet apart from the green fodder. In Mudumalai Tiger Reserve a total of 19 camp elephants will be undergoing the rejuvenation procedure at Theppkadu. “The rejuvenation camp will benefit the elephants greatly and improve their health as well as their mental condition,” said another official.