The Family (L to R) Anarkali, Rangmala and Laxmi

The Family (L to R) Anarkali, Rangmala and Laxmi


Laxmi was adopted from the Amer Fort after her mahout passed away in 2006. Several hands taller than her dearest friend Rangmala, the 46-year old really is a gentle giant, but certainly the more intelligent of the two. Our resident chatterbox, give her a wave and she’ll most certainly trumpet you a friendly “hello” back. Although catch her in during the afternoon hours and she’s more likely to be having a siesta in the shade.


Also adopted from the Amer Fort, Rangmala joined the camp a little later in 2009, though she and Laxmi was been inseparable ever since. She’s no really a morning person and the only way to get Rangmala out of bed is with a long, cool shower, when she is in her element! Spraying, splashing, rolling and cavorting, you will seldom see such an enormous animal quite so animated. The more playful of the two, this 39-year old beauty will be your friend for life after a banana (or ten!).


The newest member of the family, Anarkali was adopted in 2018 after spending years in the Amer Fort, carrying tourists up and down. She has adjusted brilliantly at the camp, considering her hate for “four-legged” animals before she arrived. She seems to be giving stiff competition to Rangmala as best friend to Laxmi and has turned out to calmer and less skittish after her year at the camp. The gentlest with babies, the 50-year old gentle giant is very particular about her food, and prefers to peel her oranges before eating them!