With reference to Mr. P. D. Stracey's note on the above subject in the Journal for August 1956 (Vol. 53, No. 4) I give below the measurements of two pairs of tusks of rogue elephants shot on the Baragur Hills in the Coimbatore District, Madras State, in 1926 and 1929.
Further to my note of 15 October 1946 (JBNHS, 46:717/18), on the question of size of Indian elephants and their tusks, I send you details of two pairs of tusks which are still bigger than the ones I reported.
In 1953 the Ruler of Talcher killed a rogue tusker elephant in Dhenkanal, Orissa, which was 11' in height, each tusk weighing 1 md. 10 seers and measuring 8' 6" in length. A photograph of the Raja with the tusks was published in the Amrita Bazar Patrika of 15 February 1953.
On 8.8.65 in the Bolampatti Reserve Forest of Coimbatore District, I shot a declared rogue elephant which had trampled seven people to death and had established a reign of terror in the locality.
The drastic and widespread modification of the original woodland vegetation of Tsavo National Park, mainly through the activities of large numbers of African elephants, Loxodonta africana (Blumenbach), has caused considerable concern among conservationists for quite some time (e.g. NAPIER BAX and SHELDRICK 1963; GLOVER 1963; LAWS 1969a; LEUTHOLD 1969). It led to the establishment of the Tsavo Research Project in 1966, with the objective of investigating various aspects of the "elephant problem".
Wild elephants in the province of Bihar and Orissa are entirely confined to the Native States, Angul district and a small area in the west of Singhbhum district. Outside this tract they are nowhere else resident in the province, but do occasionally wander into the adjoining districts of British India at certain times of the year.
I send you herewith details of some large elephants that have been shot in India within recent years. As long ago as 1886 (vide The Statesman of February 23rd 1886) the question of the II' Asiatic elephant was exercising the minds of sportsmen and others, and the late Mr. G.P. Sanderson had not measured any larger than 10' 61" high at that time. In recent years I have measured two large tuskers, one belonging to the Raja of Gauripore, Assam, which was 10' 4 1/2" at the shoulder and the other belonging to the Maharajah of Gwalior, which is 10' 5" at the shoulder…