Samrat Gaj

I am Samrat. I was born on January 9 2013. When I was born in this beautiful world, I was excited and already trying to stand up on all my feets and after sometime I was already walking and running. Slowly the days passed and according to Nepali Hindu Culture I was given a beautiful name during the name giving ceremony. The priest saw the Nepali Calendar and gave me a name according to it which was Samratgaj. I am very happy and proud of my name. Samrat means King of Kings. Among all my friends and families. I am the only Male Elephant in my shelter. When I was 9 months old I got very sick, I was diagnosed with Elephant endotheliotropic herpesviruses (EEHV) or Elephantid beta herpesvirus 1 (ElHV-1) which is a type of herpesvirus, which can cause a highly fatal hemorrhagic disease when transmitted to young Asian elephants, which kills up to 80% of severely affected individuals. People took turns day and night, providing him necessity care and bringing food but my condition was not getting any better. I was so sick that I couldn’t breathe and so they provided me oxygen through the gas cylinder. Day and night I was fighting for my life. Everyone was at Sapana Village Lodge were helping me to recover but all was in vain. The owner was very worried about my condition he brought doctors from India for my treatment he brought other doctors from Kathmandu as well but my condition was not getting any better, all hope was lost. I was almost at my final moment and during that time one “haatisaar” offered my owner to treat me with some local herbal medicine and my owner gave him permission without any delay then he quickly mixed some herbs and put it on me and fed me some and after sometime I was a bit relaxed and feeling better already. It was a miracle my owner who had lost all hope saw a glimpse of hope on the local haatisaar so the owner told him to take care of me everyday and so the haatisaar came to visit me and treat me everyday and day by day my condition improved and after somedays I was back to normal and fully healed. In January, the people from Sapana Village Lodge organized a birthday party for me you can see some of the glimpse here.
Now I can enjoy each day in Sapana, I am very curious and quite active with many activities and games. You can see my happily practicing dancing in the Elephant Sanctuary. You are welcome at Sapana Village Lodge where you can visit me in the Elephant Sanctuary.

Happy Retire Elephant in Sapana Lodge Resort
Elephant & Elephant back tours in Chitwan - Nepal: Sapana Lodge
Elephant Bathing in the River by Sapana Village Lodge

I am thankful to Direct Aid Nepal, Donna Marshal, Dhruba Giri, Sapana Village lodge

In January, we were proud to celebrate the second birthday of Samrat. After his sickness and a long period of recovery, he is finally fully healed! In 2015, Samrat was seriously sick (due to a herpes virus) and fighting for his life with a 50% chance of survival. During few months, all the Sapana team and local people were helping him to get recovered. People took turns day and night, providing him necessity care and bringing food.

Now he can enjoy each day in Sapana, he is curious and quite active with many activities and games!

Samrat in Sapana Village lODGE
Samrat in Sapana Village lODGE
Samrat in Sapana Village lODGE
REMEMBER US TO LOVE US, TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF US.