A Wild Elephant at Camp
Anupama Mohorkar
Emmanuel Scanziani
age group: 
7+ yrs
Number of pages: 
Tara Books
Mudumalai mahout elephants value education



A story of a deep bond between man and beast - mahout and elephant.

What must be the life of a mahout in the making? This is a story of Kutti, a twelve-year old boy who is very excited to be given charge of a young elephant called Tulasi. He spends a lot of time with her, feeding her, bathing her and training her. Over time, they become great friends and spend a lot of time together.

However, one day, an abandoned elephant calf, Ramu, is brought home. As, in human children, when a new baby arrives in the family,  the older sibling often gets jealous and resents the young one. Similarly, Tulasi feels very left out and is extremely jealous of all the attention being lavished on Ramu. One day, the playful little Ramu gets stuck in the soft slushy mud of a lake. Will Tulasi help save him?

A well-researched book, that educates, as well as, entertains. One learns not just about these gentle and intelligent creatures, but also about the bond that exists between the mahout and the elephant, the training process, life in the jungle and more.

The end-notes at the back of the book, informs us that this touching story is based on a true life incident that occured in Madumalai sanctuary.

A must for every school library!


Reviewed by Shamim Padamsee