Cortisol, the secretion of adrenal cortex, is measured by
solid phase RIA technique. We propose to measure the
extent of stress and use it as a yardstick to understand
what reduces it. Conditions and practices, which reduce
stress, would be identified and prescriptions for
implementations would be suggested. The study is aimed
at developing a standardized ethogram to evaluate
elephant behavior and captive elephant management
practice and correlate them with a measurable parameter
like cortisol.

Captive Asian elephants are present in many different
places in Asia as well as in the whole world. They share a
diverse ecological and geographical habitat and vary
grossly in terms of food habits, housing and training. The
most challenging part of captive elephant management is
that each location has to develop its own management
schedule depending on available resources.
Scientific observations should be blended with traditional
knowledge to improved elephant management practice.

1.  Director RADIOASSAY (Center for Endocrine Investigation and  Research,
Kolkata)

2.  Head of the Dept, Dept of Microbiology, Surendranath College, Kolkata

3.  Associate Professor, Dept of Life Science & Biotechnology, Jadavpur
University, Kolkata

4. Endocrine Lab Head, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, USA

5. Director- Veterinary Programs & Research, Elephant care International, USA

6. Director - Technical Services, Cheerans Lab (P) Limited, India

7. Dept of Forests, Govt of West Bengal, Kolkata.
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