TAPSA Gallery by Senthil Kumarar Rajendran
TAMED WILD TUSKERS
In India, the rapid growth of the country’s development and the human population has slashed the forest vegetation at a devastating rate every year, resulting in fragmentation of wildlife habitat to a significant extent. This has led to a serious situation of ecological unbalance of wildlife and human living space.
This raises the issue of Human & Elephant Conflict across the country. In recent years, intensive subsistence farming like Tea Plantation, an extension of Railway Tracks and Highway has obstructed the migration of many elephants, disturbing their usual course of the path. These human-occupied forest spaces were once the habitat ground for wild elephants. These innocent wild elephants were killed by various conflict issues. More than 50% of the Asian elephant population has lost their habitats in the last 60-75 years. These cruel conflicts have brought huge countless losses of many in both the lives. The execution during Human and Animal Conflict by a physical encounter is often out of retaliation or to prevent future conflicts.
Due to the conflict, when the elephants killed several people, these conflict elephants are captured by the forest department and tamed by local primitive tribes in the Elephant taming camp. These tribes understand the language of wild elephants and are the masters in taming and training them. These tamed wild tuskers are used to the regular forest works for over 12 hours a day.