Karnataka: A jumbo camp on Veerappan’s turf | Mysuru News – Times of India


By: S Ramesh
MYSURU: The one-time domain of slain forest brigand and ivory smuggler Veerappan, known to have killed hundreds of jumbos for their tusks over three decades, will soon house a camp for elephants, following a nod from the Karnataka government and funds to boot.
The forest department is identifying land for the proposed camp at Budipadaga in Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve in Chamarajanagar district. Sources told TOI that the department has roped in experts to identify the location, keeping in view the climatic conditions required to house elephants. The government has announced Rs 1 crore for the project in the 2021-22 budget.
Budipadaga to be model ele camp
Chamarajanagar already has two elephants camps — at K Gudi in BR Hills and Srirampura in Bandipur tiger reserve — housing 17 elephants between them.
The forest department plans to close the K Gudi camp once the Budipadaga facility comes up. While the camps train elephants and help with the capture and taming of wild elephants, the Budipadaga camp will also be used to promote ecotourism.
Chief conservator of forests Manoj Kumar said the department has planned to build Budipadaga as a model camp with facilities to allow tourists to observe and interact with elephants and experience the ecological richness of forests. The camp will house 10 elephants initially.
“A detailed proposal will be submitted to the government soon,” he said.
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