Periyanayagi an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Madras Vandalur Zoo (Arignar Anna Zoological Park)

Female ♀ Asian elephant (<em>Elephas maximus</em>) Periyanayagi at Madras Vandalur Zoo (Arignar Anna Zoological Park)

Alternative name:Thaiyalnayagi
ID Number:
76 in Database for Captive Elephants in Tamil Nadu - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Management:Free contact
Location:Madras Vandalur Zoo (Arignar Anna Zoological Park)
ArrivalMadras Vandalur Zoo (Arignar Anna Zoological Park) 2008-04-00
from Chinnar elephant camp
Chinnar elephant camp
from Top Slip Kozhikkamuthy Elephant camp (Annaimalai)
Top Slip Kozhikkamuthy Elephant camp (Annaimalai)
from Vaitheeswaran Koil temple (Pullirukkuvelur)
Born:* unknown
Document updated2018-05-19: new record
21 Nagapattinam Vaitheeswaran Koil Thiruppanandal Mutt Periyanayagi Female 57 1955

diagnosed with tuberculosis

2008-04-07: A 30-year-old cow elephant in Pollachi, diagnosed with tuberculosis, was brought to the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Vandalur for treatment a few days ago.

Thaiyalnayagi was hitherto kept in the Kozhikamuthy elephant camp in Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, Pollachi.

A senior Forest Department official said the elephant was handed over to Wildlife authorities four years ago by the Vaitheeswarankoil temple authorities as they were unable to take care of it.

The animal was housed in Kozhikamuthy and Chinnar elephant camps for sometime. About three months ago, it was diagnosed with tuberculosis. As a veterinarian had to be brought in from Coimbatore every time treatment was due, the authorities decided to send the animal to the Vandalur zoo.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Periyanayagi, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Madras Vandalur Zoo (Arignar Anna Zoological Park) in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 29 September 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Database for Captive Elephants and their Mahouts in Tamil Nadu
    made 2009 by Surendra Varma, N. Kalaivanan, N.S.Manoharan, R. Thirumurugan, S. Thangaraj Panneerslevam and N. Mohanraj, India
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