noname (wild) at Panamure elephant kraal (Panamura Ethgala)

Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) noname (wild) at Panamure elephant kraal (Panamura Ethgala)

† noname (wild)
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ < 1 maybe about years old (estimated age)
Dead date: 1950-08-09
Death reason: euthanised: shot
Location:Panamure elephant kraal (Panamura Ethgala)
ArrivedPanamure elephant kraal (Panamura Ethgala) 1950-00-00
Born: wild Sri Lanka
Capture: 1950,
Document updated2013-03-22: death date
Already in 1950 Animal rights activists had a victory in Sri Lanka, but as usual with political pressure and with false arguments: Though the News Papers screamed, “Tusker shot while defending the herd” it was not a tusker nor was he the leader of the herd. He was just a strong male that had joined the herd because of his sexual desires. I must also state that the shooting of elephants was not banned at the time. They were shot in defence of crops and for ‘sport’, with a license of course.

Sources, among others

  • The Last Kraal in Sri Lanka, article by H. I. E. Katugaha, Gajah 29 (2008) 5-10.
  • Elapatha, S. Jnr. (1997) Elephant kraals at Panamure – A historical record. Loris 21: 118-125.

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