Elephant Trainers, Elephant Training Jobs

Minimum ? No entry barrier, preferably 5th standard pass

Not required

The tasks an Elephant Keeper is expected to perform include:

Taming, feeding and cleaning the elephants regularly

Tethering elephants to the ground by anchoring them with chains and fastening it around front and hind-legs

Maintaining cleanliness of the stables and removing dirt, ticks, insects and parasites from the elephant?s body

Preparing the fodder, mahsala and other special food mixtures to be fed to the elephant

Filing the nails, painting the heads and trunks, and polishing the houdah when needed

Cutting off excessive growth of tusks by sawing under guidance

Preparing the elephant for riding and special occasions as required

Observing and monitoring animals closely for health and behavioural issues, and reporting the same to owner or veterinarian

Participating in veterinary procedures when required

Training and providing guidance to new keepers and volunteers

Skilled in tending and looking after big mammals

Familiar with feeding, washing and exercising of tame elephants Skilled in training wild elephants

Knowledge of providing first aid and medical assistance Knowledge of different taming methods

Efficient in maintaining high level of animal care and safety

Knowledge of animal psychology and behaviour

Familiar with performing operant conditioning and husbandry for animals

Will be updated

Manual dexterity

Physically fit

Highly active

Attention to detail

Ability to work independently

Ability to take risks

Hardworking and persistent



It is a field job

Work from home is not available Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Supervising new volunteer trainers, seasonal or fulltime helpers maybe required

Local travelling is part of the job

Working hours

No fixed working hours

Overtime is common during wedding or festive seasons

Shift system is applicable

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

This job is considered hazardous or dangerous

Health risks include exposure to extreme temperatures, pesticides, faecal matter, dust, chemicals, disinfectants, etc.Occupational hazards include physical strain, injury to body while handling sharp tools or tending to the elephants

For freshers - INR 5,000 to INR 20,000 per monthFor candidates with experience - INR 15,000 to INR 30,000 per month(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

The Elephants as joy rides2According to the Central Zoo Authority of India, the elephants were banned from the zoos due to their high cost and inability to live in confined spaces. The same report suggests that they can be used as joy rides outside zoos if all the regulations are met. Elephants are hence used increasing in amusement parks, historical tourist places and for jungle safaris in sanctuaries. Elephants are used in circuses also, but circuses usually operate in the unorganized sector and the statistics are widely not available. Circus performances involving elephants remain popular because of the elephant?s ability to be trained to perform and also because of its sheer size. The popular use of elephants will ensure ample opportunities for Elephant Keepers.


Animal husbandry organizations

Lifting and logging undertakings

Agriculture co-operative organizations

Job openings are in Tier I, Tier II and Tier III cities3

Wildlife Institute of India, Post Box #18, Chandrabani, Dehradun - 248 001, Uttarakhand, India

E-mail:, Tel: +91 135-2640111 to 12. Ext (137), Fax: +91 135-2640117,

ICAR institutes and universities across India2

Veterinary Council of India, 16/15,W.E.A, Arya Samaj Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi ? 110 005, India

Tel: 011-2575 0323, Fax: 011-2575 0311

Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Pookode, Wayanad, India


Elephant Training Centre, Vallom Panamkuzhi Road, Kodanad, Kerala - 683544, India