Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Spice Attack

Spices have been used historically for many reasons including for killing and preventing bacterial growth. But for the first time wildlife experts in Northern India are using chili powder to drive away elephants. The chili powder used is ghost chili which is certified as the world’s hottest chili by the Guinness Book of World records. This new weapon is used to prevent marauding elephants from destroying homes, crops and trampling of villagers in North India. These increased attacks on human settlements by elephants are due to the human encroachment on their natural habitat. Over the time period of 1996 to 2000 over 691, 880 acres of de-forestation has occurred. This area which was cleared accounts for the world’s largest concentration of wild Asiatic elephants. Conservationists who are working on this project have put of fences smeared with automobile grease and ghost chili. And they are also using smoke bombs made from chili to keep elephants out from these human settlements. Officials say the strong pungent smell would be enough to repel the elephants and these attacks would not harm the animals.

Posted by: Balkrishna Gantyala (9)


At 5:17 PM, Blogger PWH said...

Sorry forgot the link:

At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Peanutbutter&Jelly said...

I thought this was one of the most interesting and a very different post compared to all the ones that I have read so far. I was aware that spices are used for many different things, especially chili powder or chili but haven't ever heard about ghost chili. It's really interesting that ghost chili can keep animals away from destroying human settlements and crops. By the way, does this only work on elephants or also other animals? It's a really good article. Good Job!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Posted By PB&J

At 5:14 PM, Blogger PWH said...

Its interesting how they are deterring these elephants. Does this have an effect on any other animals in the area which may injest the ghost chili powder?

Posted by Doug Zelisko

At 6:37 PM, Blogger PWH said...

This article definitely was very interesting. I was wondering if this was tested on other animals. And if so does it have the same effect as the elephants or does it harm the other animals. Great job with the post. It was short but do the point :)

Posted by:
Kirubakaran Sivagurunathan.

At 8:49 PM, Blogger PWH said...

I tried researching on the subject and could not find any information if this way of detterence against elephants affected any other animals.

Posted by: Balkrishna Gantyala


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