Vaidyanathan Krishnamurthy , camp veterinarian in India
Born 1929 in India
dead 2002 in India
Dr. Vaidyanathan Krishnamurthy (1929-2002) was an Indian veterinarian, conservationist and elephant expert known for his pioneering work in elephant care. He governed Mudumalai Theppakadu elephant camp and well known by the world as Dr.K or Elephant man or Elephant Doctor is the famous name which he was called by.
He has written the many journals related to the elephants and his last journal has been published in the Londons Nature (journal). He was a member of the International Union for the Conservation
of Nature, Asian Elephant Specialist Group,
During his 45-year-old career in the Tamil Nadu Forest Department Dr Krishnamurthy managed to reform camp management for elephants in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, as well as other places in India.
Dr.V.Krishnamurthy was born and brought up in the then Madras Presidency. He graduated from the Madras Veterinary College and started his career as a Field Veterinary Assistant Surgeon in 1952. Upon the creation of Andhra State in 1953, Krishnamurthy was transferred to Kambam, Madurai District where he served till 1957.
Krishnamurthy is known for his activities in elephant Conservation
and suggested darts with chemical weapons as the safest and most efficient means of capturing wild elephants. He is credited with having raised living standards of captive elephants across Tamil Nadu. From 1953 to 1956 he performed post-mortem on 18 elephants, out of which 12 had been killed by poachers. He suggested the Tamil Nadu Government to introduce Temple Elephant rejuvenation camp which is now successfully followed. A considerable feat was the capture of the Makhna
elephant which killed 15 persons in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Seminars and workshops
Dr. V. Krishnamurthy has been on a short-time scholarship to the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, U.S. and conducted several workshops on captive elephant management. He had considerable expertise in hand rearing of orphaned elephant calves and was involved in the creation of a stud book record of captive Asian elephants. When Iain Douglas Hamilton, attended a seminar with Krishnamurthy at the Mudumalai sanctuary and found the jumbos crowding around in response to his voice, he remarked, "I would love to exchange places with you."
After retiring from Services, joined the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) as Project Officer and actively took up assignments on Radio Colaring of Wild elephants for study of their Migration.
Actively involved in Asian Elephant Special Group
(AESG) as a Steering Committee Member. Dr. Krishnamurthy was on a long list of committees for wildlife Conservation.
He was Senior Technical Consultant to the Asian Elephant Research and Conservation
unit of the Centre for Ecological Studies at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
The Government of Tamil Nadu made Dr. Krishnamurthy an honorary warden of the Nilgiri Hills. The Government of Kerala recognised his contributions with a certificate of merit in 1989. In 2000, Krishnamurthy was awarded the Venu Menon Allies Award for Animals Welfare.
Tamil writer Jeyamohan has made Dr.Krishnamurthy as one of the title characters in his collection of short stories called "Aram" Stories on the title "Yaanai Doctor".