A true spectacle to behold, the Minneriya elephant gathering in Sri Lanka lets you witness hundreds of elephants congregate in one area annually! Not only do they gather, but they eat, drink, swim and socialise – think of it as an elephant rave lasting months! The reason for this is that during the dry season – July to September – water and food supply reduce drastically in the region. To cope with this, the elephants congregate around the Minneriya reservoir, inside Minneriya National Park, where grasses are rich and fertile, and water and shade is abundant.
“Musth” is a periodic condition in bull elephants. Characteristic of this biological condition is aggressive behavior which is accompanied by the sudden rise of reproductive hormones. The testosterone levels in this stage of an elephant are sixty times greater than other periods of its life cycle. Read more