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Theppakadu camp, where Oscar winner Elephant Whisperers was shot, is the oldest in Asia

‘The Elephant Whisperers’ which is the Oscar winning short documentary was shot in the Theppakadu Elephant Camp at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in the Nilgiri Mountains in Tamil Nadu.

Established 105 years back, the Theppakadu Elephant Camp is the oldest elephant camp in Asia and is situated on the banks of river Moyar.

 It presently has 28 elephants. A dedicated bunch of Mahouts is providing training and care to these elephants.

The Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, of which the Theppekadu Elephant camp is part of, has a good population of the indigenous Kattunaykan tribes.

The Theppakadu Elephant Camp rehabilitates rogue elephants that enter human habitations and enter into conflict with people. These elephants are trained at these camps and converted to Kumki elephants.

Mahouts Kirumaran and Wasim have trained two rogue elephants Moorthy and Easwaran into good formidable animals that have become much gentler.

Moorthy had killed 22 people as a wild Tusker and has been captured and rehabilitated at the Theppakadu Camp. Kirumaran said that Moorthy however now has turned so gentle that he lets his grand children play with the elephant these days.

Meanwhile Wasim, the Mahout of Easwaran, sounded a word of caution and said that he had suffered injuries thrice while handling Easwaran

Kartiki Gonsalves, the director of the movie, had stayed in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve for five long years to shoot the documentary and it has paid off taking her to an Oscar victory.

The movie, which is of 41 minutes duration, explores the tentative and precious bond between an orphaned elephant Raghu and his caretakers, a mahout couple, Bomman and Bellie.

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