Captive Elephants at Bandipur forest camp

Of the total endangered Asian elephants in India, approximately 20% are in captivity. Little is known of their management and well-being and even lesser This is known of the' mahouts'(elephanthandlers)and 'cawadis'(assistants). investigation aims a tmeasuring the welfare conditions of captive elephants managed  by the ForestDepartment at Bandipur camp, Karnataka, southern India. The well-being of each animal has been assessed by observing the physical environment, morphology of the animal, behavioural characteristics and physiological features along with several parameters  relating to economic, social and animal-oriented attitude  of mahouts. It is believed that science will help in better policy making and further advance the living conditions of elephants
kept at the camp.