The Lambodhar Prasad Project: Freeing Nepal’s Chain Gang
A pilot project to build steel pipe chain-free enclosures strong enough to contain captive-held bulls and protect them from wild bulls.
Solar powered fencing won’t contain bulls
The solar powered chain-free corrals EAI built at Nepal’s 15 government-owned facilities freed 54 female elephants and calves to live a more natural life.
But nine male (bull) elephants owned by the government remain shackled in chains.
Big and dangerous, bulls require a much more costly approach to freedom. Because the fulls’ tusks don’t conduct electricity, solar-powered fencing cannot contain them when they are in musth (time of heightened hormonal activity and aggression) — they simply use their tusks to break the wires.
The captive-held bulls are also vulnerable to attack by wild bulls who roam Chitwan National Park in search of cycling females.
A steel pipe enclosure is the only guaranteed protection.
Chitwan National Park authorities have asked EAI for a solution.
Steel pipe corrals are the answer
This pilot project will demonstrate that even captive-held bull elephants can live chain free safely. It will set a new standard for all captive-held bulls in Asia, who, by tradition, are shackled in heavy chains their entire lives.
The first recipient
Working with its Nepalese partners, EAI will custom design and build a steel pipe enclosure for Lambodhar Prasad, the oldest and most dangerous of the government’s nine bulls. Lambodhar Prasad has spent 60 years alone, shackled in painful leg chains every day. A lifetime of systematic torture has left him aggressive, dangerous and unpredictable.
EAI will design and build a 4-acre customized steel pipe enclosure that will enable mahouts to work with Lambodhar Prasad but minimize the danger, and protect Lambodhar Prasad from the attacks of wild elephants, while ensuring he will remain chain free. The enclosure will have natural vegetation for shade and foraging; hygienic natural substrate for foot, joint and skin health; a holding pen for mahout safety; a foot trimming wall for foot care; and fresh water for drinking, bathing and playing.