Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Mathigodu elephant Camp in India

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Balarama  dead elephant


Local id Number 7
Karnataka database43


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ maybe about 67 years old (estimated age)
Body weight: 4990.00 kg, 10978.00 lbs
Born:* 1956? wild
Birth place: in Nagarhole National Park
Capture: 1987
Dead: 2023-05-07
Death reason: unknown: suspected Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Mathigodu elephant Camp, in India

Date of arrival

Mathigodu elephant Camp
from Murkal elephant camp (Nagarhole)

1987-00-00Murkal elephant camp (Nagarhole)
from Kattepura forest

Record history
History of updates2020-10-16

Latest document update2023-05-08 00:21:44
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† Balarama is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2023-05-07 at Mathigodu elephant Camp, in India, . Official death reason described as suspected Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis).


Balarama was born wild 1956? at Nagarhole National Park, captured 1987 .

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Mahout Thimma, Kavadi Gopal.

1987: Captured in katepora forest near Somavarpet in 1987.
1997: After the elephant Drona died in 1997, Balarama carries the 750-kilo golden Howdah during Dasara procession in Mysore.
2007-07-07: Abhimanyu, who went berserk, along with other elephants, gored Balarama in the forest.
2011-09-00: weighed 4,610 kgs.
2011-10-09: weighed 4,885 kgs.
2012: Elephant Balarama, who is scheduled to carry the golden Howdah during the Dasara procession for the 13th year, was accompanied by his Mahout Thimma, who was elevated from kavadi, after Mahout Sannappa retired last year. Balaramas kavadi is Gacha.
2015: weighed 4,990 kgs.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Balarama, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Mathigodu elephant Camp in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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