21 min

The Dark Reality Behind India’s Festival Elephants Overheard at National Geographic

    • Science

Asian elephants have been captured and tamed by people in Southern Asia for thousands of years as war machines, beasts of burden, and part of religious festivals. It’s a practice that continues to this day, but some activists are beginning to rethink its impact on this endangered species.
For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard.
Want More?
Check out even more coverage on elephants this month, including Secrets of the Elephants, a four-part National Geographic series streaming April 22 on Disney+. Visit NatGeo.com/elephants to learn more.
Also explore:
In addition to a film Sangita Iyer has also written a book, Gods in Shackles: What Elephants Can Teach Us About Empathy, Resilience, and Freedom. You can check it out as well as her other work at the website of her organization, the Voices for Asian Elephants Society. 
More information about Jyothy Karat and her films and photography can be found on her website.
If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today.
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Asian elephants have been captured and tamed by people in Southern Asia for thousands of years as war machines, beasts of burden, and part of religious festivals. It’s a practice that continues to this day, but some activists are beginning to rethink its impact on this endangered species.
For more information on this episode, visit natgeo.com/overheard.
Want More?
Check out even more coverage on elephants this month, including Secrets of the Elephants, a four-part National Geographic series streaming April 22 on Disney+. Visit NatGeo.com/elephants to learn more.
Also explore:
In addition to a film Sangita Iyer has also written a book, Gods in Shackles: What Elephants Can Teach Us About Empathy, Resilience, and Freedom. You can check it out as well as her other work at the website of her organization, the Voices for Asian Elephants Society. 
More information about Jyothy Karat and her films and photography can be found on her website.
If you like what you hear and want to support more content like this, please consider a National Geographic subscription. Go to natgeo.com/exploremore to subscribe today.
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

21 min

Top Podcasts In Science

Hidden Brain
Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam
Technically Speaking: An Intel Podcast
iHeartPodcasts
Something You Should Know
Mike Carruthers | OmniCast Media | Cumulus Podcast Network
Radiolab
WNYC Studios
Science Vs
Spotify Studios
Ologies with Alie Ward
Alie Ward

More by National Geographic