Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Theppakadu Mudumalai Forest Camp (MFC) in India

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Bharatha  dead elephant
Alternative name: Bharathi


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Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 7 years old
Born:* 2010 wild
Birth place: in Tiruvannamalai district
Capture: 2016
Dead: 2017-12-00
Death reason: disease: bacterial infection, possibly Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)?
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Theppakadu Mudumalai Forest Camp (MFC), in India

Date of arrival

2013-08-28Theppakadu Mudumalai Forest Camp (MFC)
from Tiruvannamalai district

Record history
History of updates2018-03-15: death

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† Bharatha is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2017-12-00 at Theppakadu Mudumalai Forest Camp (MFC), in India, . Official death reason described as bacterial infection, possibly Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)?.


Bharatha was born wild 2010 at Tiruvannamalai district, captured 2016 .

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This male was one of the six elephants captured by the Forest Department from Tiruvannamalai. Of the six, three were sent to the Kozhikamuthi Elephant Camp at Top Slip in Anaimalai, while the other three were brought to Theppakadu.

2017-05-14: The Theppakadu elephant camp in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve was reopened to the public on Saturday after a gap of four months. The camp had been closed after two of the elephants there, Narmada and Bharathi, died in December of 2017. Their deaths were said to have been caused by the elephants contracting bacterial infection, precipitated by the lack of rainfall within the reserve. After their deaths, the elephant camp was indefinitely closed by MTR officials.

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Koehl, Dan, (2023). Bharatha, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Theppakadu Mudumalai Forest Camp (MFC) in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 7 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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