What’s interesting is that they also get retirement benefits.
Moreover, Kumki elephants are also used for Jungle safaris.
Due to a scarcity of kunki elephants, the Forest Department has been making even elephants that are 70 years or older work. 70 is the official ‘retirement’ age Kumki elephants, after which they should be taken care of by the Forest Department.
“We are giving training to elephants aged less than 8 years. The process to catch wild elephant(s) will start soon. Generally in this regard, we use those elephants who have come out from their group,” the Additional Chief Forester (Wild Animals) of West Bengal said.
A wild elephant entering a busy shopping area firstpostt
Wild elephants are known to cause damage to crops, human life and property in the districts. Wild elephants have killed over 100 people in the state last year, of which 70 were in south Bengal alone.