Elephant Adoption Scheme, Madhya Pradesh

To assist and boost the Reserve and Elephant maintenance sector affected by the pandemic as well as to spread public awareness

Madhya Pradesh government launched an innovative Elephant adoption scheme in the state on September 29, 2020. This scheme is launched for the wildlife lovers as well as it will benefit the tourists visiting the state. Under this scheme the old and retired elephants are up for adoption for a day/ month or even a year. These elephants are those who served through safe and joyful rides to the tourists for sightseeing in Bandhavgarh Tiger reserve for about last 5 decades. This scheme will help the maintenance sector of the reserve through raising funds. This sector has been affected severely by the pandemic situation all over. Thus, this scheme is an initiative to start the overall flow of funds for maintenance of elephants.

Scheme Overview:

Scheme name:Elephant Adoption Scheme
Scheme Under:Madhya Pradesh government
Scheme Implementation:State’s Forest Department
Operated At:Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve area
Main Beneficiaries:Wildlife lovers and Tourists in the state
Benefit:Elephant adoption for a day/ month/ year along with special training programmes
Objective:To assist and boost the Reserve and Elephant maintenance sector affected by the pandemic as well as to spread public awareness

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Scheme Objectives and Benefits:

  • The main objective of the scheme is to start the flow of funds in the reserve for elephant maintenance
  • It also aims at spreading awareness regarding the wild elephants in the area
  • It will reconnect the tourists and wildlife lovers with the elephants, they will get to know about them as well as get to enjoy their rides for sightseeing
  • For adopting an elephant, Rs. 500 has to be paid for 1 day and for a year Rs. 1.5 lakhs have to be paid.
  • Elephant rejuvenation programme as well as special training programme will be conducted under this scheme
  • This scheme will assist the wildlife sector in the state in the long run

Key Points:

  • Under this scheme, the old and retired elephants and kept up for adoption for a day/month/year
  • These are the elephants who have served in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
  • This scheme was announced on September 29, 2020 and at the time of launch a 74-year-old Gautam and 69-year-old Toofan, these 2 elephants along with 13 other domesticated elephants are kept up for adoption
  • The adoption charges are Rs. 500 for 1 day and Rs. 1.5 lakh for 1 year
  • These charges will help to generate funds for elephant maintenance and the reserve as a whole
  • This will assist the sector as it is severely affected by the pandemic
  • The ones with monthly and yearly adoption plans will get to participate in elephants rejuvenation programme
  • The rejuvenation programme is held annually in September at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
  • In the programme people can spend time with the elephants for better understanding
  • The reserve was affected due to trespassing of 35 wild elephants but the issue of wild elephants will soon be resolved with this scheme as it will also create public awareness
  • Special training programmes will also be conducted by October 1
  • These training programmes will be conducted for forest guards, guides and villagers so as to train them to smooth handling of elephants
  • The reserve will be open for tourists and wildlife lovers on October 1, 2020
  • Thus, the scheme will assist in the maintenance expenses as well as help in spreading overall awareness


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