The elephant rehabilitation center near Kottur in Kerala is being developed as the world’s largest treatment and care center for this giant creature, which will have modern facilities. The existing elephant care center of Kottur is located 25 km from the capital.
It is being upgraded as per international standards. It is part of the government’s elephant conservation program. Official sources said that the purpose of upgrading this center is to provide natural environment like forest to the elephants coming here for rehabilitation.
It is informed that the first phase of Elephant Center will be started in February 2021. The Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board has given funds for its upgradation. About 108 crore rupees will be spent on its upgradation.
This center is spread over 176 hectares of forest area. It is known for its dense greenery. There are currently 16 elephants in it, while a total of 50 elephants can be treated.
Sources said that the construction work for the first phase of the project started in 2019 and a total of Rs 71.9 crore has been spent on it.