Dudhwa elephant base camp (Dudhwa National Park) in India

Dudhwa elephant base camp (Dudhwa National Park)
Photo © Rajat Jain, Indiana, U.S.A.
Photo © Rajat Jain, Indiana, U.S.A.


Address Lakhimpur (Kheri)
Place Palia
Region Uttar Pradesh
Country India
Website Website


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Record history
History of updates2018-06-20

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Dudhwa elephant base camp (Dudhwa National Park), located at Lakhimpur (Kheri), in Palia, India , was founded in 1958.

Living elephants

At the Dudhwa elephant base camp (Dudhwa National Park) lives 15 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Balasundar born 2007
  2. Chemeli born 1997
  3. Durga born 2018
  4. Gajraj
  5. Madhu born ~1948
  6. Mohan Lal born 1997
  7. Pakhri
  8. Pawankali
  9. Rohini
  10. Saili
  11. Shreelochana born 1997
  12. Teesta born <2009
  13. Titi
  14. Urmi
  15. Vinayak born 2013-08-25

Comments / pictures1999: The park got its youngest member of the Group, Baltic (Batalik), born in 1999.

2008: There are presently six elephants in the Dudhwa National Park, five of them Adult and one minor. (Gangakali, Pakhri, Pawankali, Pushpakali, Yamunakali and Batalik)

2008: Dudhwa has received five elephants (Chameli, Gajraj, Madhu, Mohanlal and Sulochana) from Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary in West Bengal for patrolling and guarding the forest area against possible threats, including Poaching. With the new arrivals, the number of elephants in Dudhwa has gone up to 11.

Yamunakali died? (10)

2010: Sumit arrived from Lucknow Zoo. But died after some months.(10)

2011-2013: Chameli, a female from Dudhwa, had vanished in 2013. When it re-appeared after a few days, she was pregnant. Forest officers named her calf `Vinayak'. Chameli had only followed in the footsteps of its elderly mates Pawankali, Champakali, Sulochana, Pushpakali, Pakhri and Madhu, which have reproduced after mating with elephants from Nepal. (12)

2012: Six elephants will be translocated to Dudhwa Tiger Reserve where there are 13 jumbos at present, park officials said today. The six elephants would be brought from Jaldapara in West Bengal, they said, adding that they are expected to reach Dudhwa within a week. These pachyderms would be trained for one to two years before being engaged for tourism purposes. Dudhwa has 13 elephants currently among which 11 are being used for tourism purposes, they said. Mahouts from West Bengal would accompany the elephants and stay in Dudhwa till the tuskers get acquainted with the surroundings, they said.
2012-06: Balasundar was rescued from the banks of the Balasun river in 2007 and Rohini was found in Rohini tea garden in 2008. While Titi was rescued from the Torsha river in 2009, Teesta was rescued from the Teesta river the same year. Urmi was found in 2010 from Charabari village near Bagdogra and Saili was rescued from Saili tea garden in 2008.

2013: older elephants Pawankali, Champakali, Sulochana, Pushpakali, Pakhri and Madhu still living.

2017-12-12: One of the oldest elephants at the Dudhwa National Park (DNP), Pushpakali, believed to be around 86 years old, died from old-age related ailments after serving 31 years in the forest reserve...The pachyderm was brought to Dudhwa in March 1986 from Barabanki district, along with two others, named Gangakali and Yamunakali, both of whom died over the years. Pushpakali had given birth to a male elephant that was named Batalik in 1999. Batalik is a member of the elephant safari team here.

2018: Kabini (6) and Nakula (9) sent to Dudhwa, which left 27 elephants at the Mathigodu camp.

2018-05-01: As many as four trained elephants from Sakrebail elephant camp, near here, commenced their journey to their new home, Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh on Monday. Karnataka government decided to hand over 12-year-old Amrutha; two-year-old Prakruthi; five-year-old Kiran, and six-year-old Bhaskar from Sakrebail camp to Uttar Pradesh.

The elephants will join 13 elephants already stationed at Dudhwa for patrolling and monitoring.

References for records about Dudhwa elephant base camp (Dudhwa National Park)

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Dudhwa elephant base camp (Dudhwa National Park), Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=984. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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