In­dia's first fenced jumbo habi­tat

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - IN­DIA WILL

soon have its first ele­phant sanc­tu­ary in a fenced, forested space which will al­low ele­phants to move freely in the se­cure area. The Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals (PETA), an in­ter­na­tional an­i­mal rights and con­ser­va­tion group, and Ban­nerghatta Bi­o­log­i­cal Park, Kar­nataka, have col­lab­o­rated on the project. "The Ban­nerghatta Bi­o­log­i­cal Park is be­ing mod­i­fied to al­low ele­phants to live nat­u­rally. The sanc­tu­ary is home to 15-year-old Sun­der, who was lib­er­ated by the Supreme Court in 2014 from a harsh life at Ma­ha­rash­tra's Jy­otiba tem­ple. It now houses 15 ele­phants," said Mani­lal Val­liy­ate of PETA In­dia. Ele­phant ex­pert Mar­garet Whittaker will train lo­cal care­givers in "pro­tected con­tact", a safe method of in­ter­ac­tion be­tween hu­mans and ele­phants which keeps them sep­a­rated and uses pos­i­tive re­in­force­ment tech­niques in­stead of phys­i­cal pun­ish­ment to man­age the an­i­mal.

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