'Aanakaaryam' - The elephant story

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The elephant is celebrated as a symbol of all that is worth knowing and preserving. Perhaps this is because , in the presence of the elephant we feel our own humility.

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  • ‘ Aanakaryam’ is a programme conceived to create alternate ‘elephant friendly’ employment for captive elephants of Kerala, through tourism. It also helps create awareness about the miseries experienced by elephants on one hand and the need to create an elephant friendly environment on the other.
  • Co existance is the only solution.
  • 'Aanakaaryam' - The elephant story

    1. 1. ‘ AANAKARYAM’THE ELEPHANT WELFARE PROJECT 1
    2. 2. Asian Elephant Distribution 2
    3. 3. Evolution of elephants After centuries ofevolution and change,the mammoth evolved. 3
    4. 4. Asian elephant African elephant(Elephus maximus) (Loxodonta africana) 4
    5. 5. Elephants have been apart of the Indianlandscape forcenturies. From Nepalto the Western ghats,they once roamedfree, unafraid as Lordsof the sub-continent. 5
    6. 6. Led by a matriarch,they herded togetherin small or large groups,as there is safety innumbers. 6
    7. 7. Elephant capture It is said thatelephants have beencaptured anddomesticated sinceseveral centuries. It isa painful and violentexperience whereelephant families aretorn apart and somelives are lost. Thosethat survive are forcedto live with the scarsof terror and grief. 7
    8. 8. Timber haulingIn the early daysElephants were largelytrained to haul timberand drag weights.However with theadvancement oftechnology, elephantsare rarely used forsuch work. 8
    9. 9. Elephants at festivalsElephants are alsotrained to attendfestivals. They aremade to wearacessories ( calledcapparisons) andparade or march forhours in the hot sun. 9
    10. 10. Elephants share specialbonds with theirkeepers, the mahouts. 10
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    12. 12. A scrub bathrejuvenates anelephant and isnecessary for its wellbeing. In the wildelephants spend severalhours, wallowing inwater. 12
    13. 13. Elephants areconsidered sacred inIndia. They areconsideredmanifestations ofGanesha, the elephantheaded God. 13
    14. 14. Over work, mishandlingby untrained mahoutsand neglect on the partof the owners have ledto increased physical-mental abuse ofelephants.  14
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    16. 16. ‘They say that deepwithin the elephant’seyes you can glimpsethe tragic mirror ofhistory. Reflectedthere is a profoundforlonness.’(Aliya stories of elephants ofSrilanka.- Teresa Canon and PeterDavis) 16
    17. 17. The bond between themahout and theElephant is sacred. Itis based on trust, loveand respect. Yet whenthat trust is violated,it results in a tragicloss for both humanand elephant. 17
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    19. 19. WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF THE INDIAN ELEPHANT ? WILL THEY HAVE A BETTER TOMORROW ? WITH BETTER LIVING CONDITIONS AND CHANCES OF SURVIVAL. WILL THERE BE ENOUGH WORK ? ENOUGH FOOD AND WATER AND SPACE ? WILL THERE BE GOOD MAHOUTS ?HARD QUESTIONS THAT HAVE NO EASY ANSWERS. 19
    20. 20. FUTURE? WORK ? MAHOUTS ?ECONOMICS ? SPACE ? FOOD ? WATER? 20
    21. 21. As long as there areelephants on earth,we will find some inour midst. The answerlies in finding ways tohelp them adjust tolife in captivity. Andto lead as normal alife as possible. 21
    22. 22. Should we wait forpolitical decisions,socio-economic trendsand attitudes of thepublic to determine thefate of the Asianelephant ? 22
    23. 23. Some bonds are sacred to be cherished forever.Let us learn to co exist . 23

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