Tourists Flock To Meet Raghu And Ammu At Mudumalai National Park After The Elephant Whisperers’s Oscar Win

by Vaishalee Kalvankar

Tamil Nadu’s Mudumalai Theppakadu elephant camp, which got fame worldwide because of the documentary ‘Elephant Whisperers’ is seeing a huge inflow of tourists lately. The reason is the glorious win of this documentary at the 2023 Oscars. It won under the ‘Best Documentary Short Film’ category on Monday. People are so in love with the movie and its message that they cannot stop themselves from meeting Raghu and Ammu. 

Tourists Flock To Meet Elephant Whisperers’s Raghu And Ammu

The baby animal in the Oscar winning documentary Elephant Whisperers is attracting a huge number of tourists from across the globe. Mudumalai Theppakadu Elephant Camp was thrilled to witness so many visitors. The camp is a famous attraction where visitors can feed, interact with, and learn about the behaviour of elephants.


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Since these regions are only administered as protected areas, the captive animals in the sanctuary are no longer exploited for timber extraction activity. The elephants are primarily used for eco-tourism, anti-poaching patrols, managing human-elephant conflict outside of the sanctuary or other places, and as an open-to-the-public training and conservation facility for elephants.

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India’s Glorious Win At The 95th Academy Awards

The documentary ‘Elephant Whisperers’ competed with fellow nominees like ‘How Do You Measure A Year?’, ‘Haul Out,’, ‘Stranger At The Gate’ and  ‘The Martha Mitchell Effect’. 


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In  Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, a family adopts two infant orphan elephants, who are the centre of the movie’s plot. At the 95th Academy Awards on Monday, producer Guneet Monga and director Kartiki Gonsalves accepted the golden statuette. The win made India extremely proud as the documentary brought home one of the most known and prestigious awards. Many celebrities and politicians sent their wishes across social media platforms. 

One of the tourists at the camp said that elephants are his favourite animals. He was totally excited and happy to know that the documentary had won an Oscar. Calling himself lucky, the tourist thronged to the camp to catch a glimpse of Raghu and Ammu. 


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