by Tom Cracknell
I travelled to Sri Lanka
in the summer with the Yasmin Caldera Fund. While there, I was lucky enough to see Indian elephants, including Nadungamuwa Raja (the elephant with the large tusks, in two photographs below), known as an Indian
Tusker, incredibly sacred in Asia and Buddhist culture.
He has been the
lead elephant at the Festival of the Tooth in Kandy where they pay tribute to
the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. Nadungamuwa Raja is 11.5 feet all and 65 years old and is considered the
largest living Indian Tusker.