The annual elephant camp which is normally held at Ooty has been shifted to Mettupalayam this year. This is an annual rejuvenation camp for elephants drawn mainly from temples across Tamilnadu. A total of 34 elephants reported for the 48 day camp which commenced on November 26 2012. On arrival at the camp a panel of veterinarians examined the pachyderms for weight and physiological conditions. The animals were given supplements and food to overcome tiredness owing to the journey.
The rejuvenation schedule includes a brisk morning walk on the 650-metre-track along the five-acre stretch of land belonging to the PWD, then a bath using scrubs in the Bhavani river followed by a nutritious, balanced diet, and rest in natural ambiance. Based on the age and weight of each elephant, veterinarians prepared a food chart providing specific quantity of food, fodder and supplements to each animal. Mahouts would go through an orientation on elephant psychology, behavioral pattern and basic medications.To prevent the entry of wild elephants, the camp site has been provided with solar fencing besides four watch towers, as the camp site is close to reserve forest.