Champakali an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Holong Philkhana (Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary)

Champakali
ID nr:Chip id Number; 0006478575
 - Local id Number: 4 (Jaldapara) - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ about 69 years old (approximate age)
Management:Free contact
Location:Holong Philkhana (Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary)
ArrivalHolong Philkhana (Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary)
from Dudhwa elephant base camp (Dudhwa National Park)
Dudhwa elephant base camp (Dudhwa National Park)
from Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS camp)
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS camp)
from Singheswar Mahashivratri Mela (Saharsa)
Born:* ~1951 unknown
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (F) 1996 Diana, Local nr: 29
  2. (F) 1999 Amrapali, Local nr: 39
  3. (M) 2002-01-00 unknown, Local nr: 47
Document updated2018-05-22: new record, location Dudhwa
1982-02-18: Purchased from Singheswari
mela (Saharsa) on 18.02.1982

Foresters said kunki Champakali had played the role of a foster mother to all the six rescued calves.

Rabi Biswakarma, Champakali’s mahout, said: “I never thought that these calves would leave, particularly Balasundar (brought to the park at the age of 10 days) and Titi (came to the park when it was one month old). Foresters and vets here had thought that the animals would die as they were really young and needed mother’s milk to survive. Champakali took care of the calves and brought them back to health. I am very sad. The calves were like my own children. I will feel bad when they are gone.”

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Koehl, D., (2020). Champakali, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Holong Philkhana (Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary) in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=12535. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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