Shankar (elephant)

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Sex: Male

Species: African Elephant

Date of Birth: 1996

Place of Birth: Unknown

Location of capture: Unknown

Date of capture: 1998

Age at capture: Approx 2

Captive at: Delhi Zoo, India


Shankar the elephant at Delhi Zoo, India
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Shanka was presented to the Minister of State for Environment & Forests, Shri Babu Lal Marandi by the High Commissioner of Zimbabwe to India, Dr. Neville Ndondo. The 26 month old male elephant was named Shankar by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests.

Shankar is chained for 17 hours of the day and does not have adequate space to move around when he is let out. Shankar constantly demonstrates stereotypical behaviour like swaying and head-bobbing, a key sign of distress. His aggressive behaviour has necessitated the zoo authorities to permanently close the viewing pathway since he could be a danger to visitors.

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See also

List of living captive elephants

Category:Captive Elephants (living)

Category:Captive Elephants

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Youth For Animals

Teen makes plea to relocate Shankar the elephant from Indian zoo ABC News

Elephants living alone in zoos around the world The Animal Reader

Plea to send lonely African animal home from India BBC

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Shankar News Animal Advocate Hub

Copy Of The Letter Addressed To: The Director Of The National Zoological Park In Delhi 29th October 2021 Pro Elephant Network