Gadapani an Asian elephant at Sildubi elephant camp (Kaziranga)

Male ♂ Asian  Gadapani at Sildubi elephant camp (Kaziranga)

☨ Gadapani
Alternative name:Godapani
ID nr:
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂
Dead date: 2007-12-02
Death reason: accident: injured by wild bull
People killed:1: Mary Brumder
Location:Sildubi elephant camp (Kaziranga)
ArrivalSildubi elephant camp (Kaziranga) 2007-12-01
from Thungru Kohora elephant camp (Kaziranga)
Thungru Kohora elephant camp (Kaziranga) 1998-00-00
from Kaziranga Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC)
Born:* wild
Document updated2018-05-23: text, mankiller, locations
Forest guards seized the tusker at the Digboi forest range in the late sixties and sent him to the national park after his owner a resident of Digboi town, about 500km from Guwahati, refused to pay a fine for his release.

1998-11-17: Gadapanis moment of infamy came on the chilly morning of November 17, 1998, when he attacked rival Bhajan, who was carrying a group of foreign tourists on its back. Mary Brumder, an 80-year-old tourist from the US, fell off the seat strapped to Bhajans back and died on impact.

1998: The forest department immediately put Gadapani under "house arrest" in a camp. While serving his sentence, Gadapani was attacked by a wild herd and seriously injured. Around the same time, a probe revealed that he was not entirely to blame for the tourists death.

Since being injured in the attack by a wild herd, Gadapani spent most of his time in the elephant intensive care unit at Thungru, about 4km from Mihimukh in the Kohora range of the national park.

2007-12-01: He was shifted to the nearby Sildubi camp on Saturday.

2007-12-02: Kaziranga National Park today lost its loveable rogue, a 78-year-old tusker who ferried tourists through the grasslands of the rhino habitat for 30 years before a mid-safari joust with a rival elephant killed an American woman and forced it into premature retirement.

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Koehl, D., (2020). Gadapani, an Asian at Sildubi elephant camp (Kaziranga) in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 31 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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