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Workshop on elephant care

KOCHI: Elephant Care, an organisation working for the welfare of elephants, is to organise a workshop for creating awareness among elephant owners, here on January 28.

V. Gopinath, Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), will inaugurate the workshop.The workshop will offer a common platform to elephant owners and Government authorities to discuss issues involved in handling captive elephants, said E. Nandakumar, secretary of the organisation.

The organisers expect nearly 100 elephant owners to attend the workshop apart from the Forest Department officials. A website of the organisation will be launched at the workshop.The organisation has plans to insure mahouts in the State who take proper care of the animals.

In the first phase, 100 such mahouts will be selected and an insurance cover of Rs.1 lakh each will be provided to them. The organisation had conducted a `Gaja Raksha’ camp for the animals in Thripunithura.

http://www.hindu.com/2006/01/24/stories/2006012408930500.htm