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Lavanya Raju

Lavanya Raju joined Wildlife SOS in June 2015 as the Director of Finance and Admin. Prior to joining Wildlife SOS, she spent 10 years helping save the lives of dogs and cats through her work at the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Best Friends Animal Society. Previously a CPA and

By |June 27th, 2017||Comments Off on Lavanya Raju|

Update on Raju – Two Years Without Tears

Two years ago, Raju was a begging elephant. His gaunt, emaciated frame, riddled with scars from garish wounds, was held up by limbs weakened from overwork and neglect. He walked along hot, tarred roads for hours on end, his owner sitting atop him, as he lumbered sadly through dirty, polluted and sometimes crowded roads,

By |July 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Mangoes For Raju

Our ever smiling elephant, Raju can finish a dozen mangoes in no time! Would you like to feed Raju his favorite fruit?

By |July 20th, 2015||Comments Off on Mangoes For Raju|

Floating Tube For Raju

Our favorite boy loves to play with floating tubes when he steps in his pool. However, he ends up puncturing them and we need to buy new ones every week! Would you like to help us buy a floating tube for Raju?

By |July 1st, 2015||Comments Off on Floating Tube For Raju|
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    Fundraise for Raju’s Rescue Fund… Win Cool Raju Merchandise

Fundraise for Raju’s Rescue Fund… Win Cool Raju Merchandise

We have established a new fund called Raju’s Rescue Fund. All money donated to this fund will be used to rescue and care for abused elephants. In honor of Raju’s first rescue anniversary, we are inviting his fans and supporters to fundraise on hisbehalf. Starting July 1st, 2015, and ending July 31st, you can set […]

By |June 30th, 2015||0 Comments|

RAJU: celebrating one year with no tears

Raju’s 1st Anniversary It’s been one year since we released Raju from his chains. You can read the story of his first year below,  and you’ll also find a photo gallery at the bottom of this page. You can also watch a video about his first year with us on YouTube. We are very grateful […]

By |June 18th, 2015||0 Comments|

The Untold Part of the Raju Story

All around the world, people know the story of Raju, the courageous elephant who stole our hearts when he wept during his rescue.

However, what most people don’t know is on that hot night in July, 2014, there were supposed to be two elephants freed.

Yes, two!

Planning had started weeks before to rescue

By |March 17th, 2015|Animals, Elephants|37 Comments|

Keep Raju the crying elephant free!

By |January 30th, 2015||Comments Off on Keep Raju the crying elephant free!|
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    Raju’s Health Update Straight From The Elephant Conservation and Care Center, Mathura

Raju’s Health Update Straight From The Elephant Conservation and Care Center, Mathura

Raju is currently in Musth which is a natural and healthy phenomenon in male (bull) elephants. Characterized by heavy secretion of the temporal glands, this also displays increased alertness and often aggressive behavior caused by heightened testosterone. Raju, however continues

By |January 29th, 2015|Rescue|34 Comments|

Raju’s health status 6 months after rescue

It has been almost 6 months since you made it possible for us to rescue Raju. We wanted to give you an update on how he is doing.
Many of the dozens of wounds that were covering his body have healed. He still has a large one on his

By |December 22nd, 2014|Animals|6 Comments|
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