The Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) authorities are planning to conduct a morphometric measurement (health assessment) camp for the 18 kumki (tamed/trained) elephants of the Forest Department at Kozhikamudhi settlement near Top Slip, Pollachi.
According to sources, Field Director of ATR Rajiv K. Srivastava, Deputy Director of ATR P. Velusamy and Range Officer of Ulandy (Top Slip) Xavier Arockiaraj arrangements are on for the camp to be conducted by forest veterinarian N.S. Manoharan in the first week of July.
Kozhikamudhi camp has 18 elephants including 10 male and eight female elephants. The oldest elephant in the camp is Valli (70) and the youngest is eight-year old Tamilan.
Official sources said that the elephants in captive breeding are largely those rescued from distress or orphaned and health assessment is an annual process to assess the condition of the pachyderms.
The camp will include weighing of the elephants, measurement of chest girth, neck girth, length of the animal and the details generated will be compared with the measurements of the elephant in the previous years.Dung samples
As a prelude to the camp, officials have collected dung samples, which would be sent to Animal Disease Investigation Unit at Coimbatore and laboratory of the Tamil Nadu University for Veterinary Animal Sciences.
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