Kerala is all set to become home of world’s largest elephant care-and-cure facility

Kerala is all set to become home of world’s largest elephant care-and-cure facility

Kerala’s popular elephant rehabilitation centre at nearby Kottoor is all set to become world’s largest care-and-cure centre for pachyderms, enhanced with upgraded facilities and features.

The elephant centre at Kottor is located more than 25 km away from the capital city, which will now be undergoing upgradation as per the international standards. It will be a part of the state government’s special programme for the conservation and protection of the elephants.

Reportedly, the first phase of the Elephant Rehabilitation Centre will be commissioned in February 2021, and the project is being implemented at a cost of INR 108 crore with funding from Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). The centre spread across 176 ha of forest land, is equipped to accommodate 50 elephants, including the existing 16 elephants. With upgradation in progress, the centre will later on have around 50 elephant habitats (enclosures), which will be specially enclosed by nets and steel poles to house the elephants in their natural habitat.

Kerala is all set to become home of world’s largest elephant care-and-cure facility

As per the project, reservoirs will be constructed and dams will be checked at the Neyyar Dam, whereas special facilities for taking care of elephant calves will also be taken care of. The primary aim of this rehabilitation centre is to provide elephants a natural ecosystem just like in the forest.

As per the reports, the upgraded centre will have a veterinary hospital equipped with special facilities, an elephant museum, a training centre for mahouts, a research and study centre for students and nature lovers, an administrative office, an entrance plaza, cottages, a cafeteria, and a special elephant viewing facility.

With this project, it is expected that it will not only generate employment for locals, but will also become a major tourist site in the coming future.

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