Human-Captive elephant relationships in Kerala: Historical perspectives and current scenarios

Vijayakrishnan, Sreedhar and Sinha, Anindya (2019) Human-Captive elephant relationships in Kerala: Historical perspectives and current scenarios. Gajah, 50. pp. 29-35.

2019-Vijayakrishnan-Gajah.pdf - Published Version

Download (782kB) | Preview
Abstract: In this paper, we have attempted to provide a preliminary understanding of the centuries-old tradition of elephants being kept in captivity in the state of Kerala and the gradual cultural transformations – from an initial reverence as living forms of lord Ganesha through being status symbols of the landed gentry to celebrities with ardent fan following in contemporary social media – that have changed the nature of their relationship with the local communities with the passage of time. The recent past has witnessed a deterioration of the traditional elephant-mahout relationship, the age-old knowledge of elephant biology and behaviour and their welfare increasingly jeopardised in recent times. Increasing commercialisation of pageantries has led to heightened conflict incidents in captivity and untimely mortalities. An exhaustive understanding of different aspects of captive elephant maintenance is warranted, to ensure better welfare practices.
Item Type: Journal Paper
Subjects: Programmes > Animal Behaviour and Cognition
School of Natural and Engineering Sciences > Animal Behaviour
Doctoral Programme > PhD Scholar Publications
Divisions: Schools > Natural Sciences and Engineering
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2019 05:38
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2021 09:09
Official URL:
Related URLs:
    Funders: UNSPECIFIED
    Projects: UNSPECIFIED

    Actions (login required)

    View Item View Item