A careful census made in 1935 put Burma's elephant population at about 10,000 head. Reckoning on 6,000 of these being females, and half of these being of breeding age, and at the rate of one calf if four years, the average annual birth-rate would be 750. From this substract 125 natural deaths each year, which leaves the average of annual increase of 10,000 animals at 625.
In December 1956 [JBNHS 54 (1): 177] I gave a statement of wild elephants captured in Burma from 1945-46 to 1951-52. Below is a statement of elephants captured from 1952-53 to 1956-57:...
There must be dozens of shikaris, like myself, who have been, or are mad keen to 'bag' a Rogue Elephant. Well Assam is the place for them to go to. For years, one of my boyhood ambitions had been to track and shoot elephants. 'Thirteen years amongst the Wild Beasts of India' by that famous 'Hathi-King' G. P. Sanderson, served to keep the flame of desire burning bright. That ambition was eventually realised after twenty years.
Further to my letter of 7th December 1949 on the above subject, more information has now been received. An investigation tour was undertaken by the D.F.O. of the district, accompanied by an Hon. Forest Officer. I give herewith the substance of the latter's report.
Elephants were brought over to the Andaman Islands for forestry operations. Once such forestry operation was carried out on Interview Island, west of Mayabunder on Middle Andaman Island. Since the company carrying out the operation went bankrupt, the elephants being used were released on the island in 1962. Approximately 40 elephants were released then (Sivaganesan 1993).
With reference to my letter of April 4, 1956 (J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 53: 690-1) on the subject of big tusks, I have since heard from the Raja of Talcher. The measurements of his tusks (No. 2), shown by me in the statement of big tusks, should stand corrected as follows:...