Elephant Code Book

The extensive scientific survey of captive elephants in the major elephant bearing states of India conducted between 2005 and 2008 by two civil society groups, the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation (ANCF) and Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA), supported by Project Elephant (Government of India), highlighted through quantitative indicators the extent to which various facets of the management and healthcare conditions of captive elephants in India depart from ideal management conditions.The Elephant Code Book systematically and comprehensively addresses these shortfalls in captive elephant management in India. In an eminently readable and easily comprehensible style it lays out remedies, some that can be implemented immediately and others that involve more long- term behavioural changes within society as well as changes necessary in policies and laws.The Elephant Code Book is intended as a handy reference tool for Forest Department officers, wildlife activists, private elephant owners, temple trustees, circus managers, zoo directors, veterinary doctors, traditional mahouts, elephant keepers and all those who can make a difference in the lives of captive elephants.