The Ceylon Elephant

The elephant is the king of the Ceylon jungle. No other animal dares to challenge his kingship. In their wild state, elephants live in small herds, about twenty-five in each. A full-grown male is usually the leader of the herd. Such a leader, in all his majesty and dignity, roams the jungle with his followers. Some elephants have tusks from which we obtain ivory, but “tusks” are now rare in Ceylon.

Such an elephant is called a “Rogue Elephant” and the government issues licences to people to shoot such dangerous animals.

From very early times the elephant has been trained to help main in various ways. It acts as a beast of burden for us and it ploughs our fields. It is also used in Perahera. The most attractive scene is the decorated Elephants walk in to Perahera.


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