Kerala tracks elephants with microchips

Guruvayur Padmanabhan and Pambadi Rajan may not need identity cards among elephant aficionados. In a few days, however, these pachyderms will have something more than its distinct built and legendary lore as identification - microchips tucked inside their skin.

The Kerala forest department has launched a programme to implant an electronic chip behind the left ear of each of the captive elephants in the state. The chip will contain a personal number, which can recall the history of the wearer.

According to various estimates, there are 700-900 captive elephants in Kerala.

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