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The Rayalaseema region was once known to be home to the pachyderm. Over seven lakh infantry, 32,000 war horses and 550 elephants were known to have participated in the successful conquest of Raichur fort by the Vijayanagar emperor Sri Krishnadevaraya in 1520 A.D., Baptist Tavernier, French traveller and diamond merchant, also recovered the presence of elephants during his travels in the region in the 17th century. The area, he said was rich in forest with a sizable population of elephants and tigers. The elephants were used for participating battles or logging operations.