The Ch. Surinder Singh Elephant Rehabilitation Centre (ERC) is situated at Ban Santour, Yamunanagar, Haryana and is a project undertaken by the Haryana Forest Department, Govt of Haryana in collaboration with Wildlife SOS with support from Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) under Centrally Sponsored Scheme, “Project Elephant”, to bring much needed support and protection to India’s captive Elephants. The Ban Santour Forest Block where the centre is located is adjacent to the lush green jungles of the Kalesar Wildlife Sanctuary.
The objective of the centre is to rehabilitate and provide high degree of veterinary care, treatment, and enrichment to facilitate recovery for elephants that were found astray, injured, abused, exploited, maimed, orphaned, trapped, sick, treated in cruel manner by owners or handlers / mahouts and also such elephants that are held in illegal custody or with improper / incomplete ownership papers in violation of laws. Such elephants are rescued and confiscated by the Forest Department and brought to the ERC for proper care and rehabilitation.
This center, which currently houses 3 elephants, covers 400 acres of land and provides a much needed sanctuary for abused, exploited, sick and handicapped elephants requiring retirement, convalescence and medical care. The centre also contains a natural water pond in which the elephants enjoy taking natural mud baths. Our elephants at the centre enjoy a free stroll through the forest throughout the day and are free to do as they please.