Saturday, Jun 6 2020 | Time 08:08 Hrs(IST)
  • Speeding up Ayushman Bharat could help tackle Covid : WHO
  • Covid not growing exponentially in India, risk remains : WHO
  • Kazakhstan's Almaty Region Hit by 6 2 Magnitude Earthquake – Emergency Services
  • G20, Partner Countries to Allocate Over $21Bln to Fight COVID-19 Pandemic – Statement
  • Four members of inter-state gang arrested
  • WHO warns of risks of COVID-19 explosion in South Asia's densely-populated region
  • French Troops Kill Head of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali – Defense Minister
  • 35-yr-old man commits suicide in Nashik
  • On ‘WE’ Day, MP CM calls for team efforts
  • Aurangabad MP Jaleel demands for repatriation of Maha students stranded abroad
  • 444 new corona +ve cases detected in Thane
  • MP CM launches greening drive
  • 67 new Covid-19 cases identified in Nashik
  • Nashik-based rangoli maker draws rangoli to protest against brutal killing of cow elephant in Kerala
  • Senior journo Vinod Dua booked for allegedly releasing fake news
States » South


Elephants involved in temple processions elevate stress hormones: CCMB study

Elephants involved in temple processions elevate stress hormones: CCMB study

Hyderabad, Aug 17 (UNI) Elephants involved in temple public processions are elevated stress hormones compared to other elephants, scientists team from Laboratory for the Conservation of endangered Species (LaCONES, CSIR-CCMB (Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology), revealed in their study report published in a recent issue of Journal 'Animals.'

"Elephants are an integral part of human culture and mythology in Asia. More than 20 per cent of Asian elephants live in captivity and are an indispensable workforce for forest departments, tourism, and religious purposes," the study said.

The captive elephants facing stress due to poor management practices, the study said this includes increased use of non-traditional or unskilled and inexperienced mahouts.

The different physical and physiological stresses influence the behaviour, welfare and long-term survival of the captive populations.



Their fertility is compromised, thus threatening the long term survival of their populations. Higher violence in the stressed animals has resulted in human casualties too, it said.



In the state of Kerala which has a long tradition of keeping captive elephants, 274 cases of manslaughter by captive elephants have been recorded between 1989 and 2003 (an average of 10 man-slaughters/year).



In their study lead by Dr GUmapathy, Principal Scientist, Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES), CSIR- CCMB, has examined the physiological stress response of captive Asian elephants.



They studied the health of elephants under different working conditions by checking glucocorticoid metabolities (stress hormones) levels in 870 dung samples of 37 captive elephants (24 males and 13 females) from 4 elephant facilities - Mysore Zoo, Mysore Dusshera Camp, Mudumalai elephant camp and Bandhavgarh elephant camp.

The other members of research group, who involved in this study, ncludes Vinod Kumar, Muthulingam Pradheeps, Adiseshu Kokkiligadda, Rajashekhar Niyogi from LaCONES, CSIR-CCMB.

MORE UNI KNR TV 1350

More News

Kerala to open religious places, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels from Jun 9

05 Jun 2020 | 11:15 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 5 (UNI) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday announced that places of worship, shrines, shopping malls, hotels, hospitality units, restaurants and offices will be open to the public from June 9 in the State.

see more..

Police seize 'narcotic substances' in South TN

05 Jun 2020 | 10:42 PM

Ramanathapuram, Jun 5 (UNI) The Ramanathapuram district police on Friday seized suspected narcotics and psychotropic substances.

see more..

Telangana Governor interacts with functionary of JNTUH

05 Jun 2020 | 10:20 PM

Hyderabad, Jun 5 (UNI) Telangana Governor and Chancellor Dr (Smt) Tamilisai Soundararajan on Friday interacted with the functionaries of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH) through video conference.

see more..

Massive plantation drive in Kakinada SEZ on World Environment Day

05 Jun 2020 | 10:07 PM

Kakinada, Jun 5 (UNI) The GMR Kakinada SEZ has launched a massive plantation drive in its 30 acre green belt area to mark the observance of World Environment Day on Friday.

see more..

Kerala reports 111 new COVID cases, 22 recoveries, 973 patients under treatment

05 Jun 2020 | 10:06 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 5 (UNI) Kerala on Friday reported its highest number of 111 new COVID-19 cases on a single day, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

see more..