The survival of the Asian Elephant in India is critical to the survival of the entire species in South East Asia. Home to almost 60% of Earth’s remaining elephant population, India is plagued with a lack of awareness and education which is leading to the persistent enslavement of these amazing animals for manual labor, performances, processions, entertainment and street begging. Smaller than their African counterparts, Asian elephants are easily recognizable by their “small” rounded ears. Herbivorous in nature, their diet consists of green grass, roots, fruits, and fodder. An adult elephant can consume up to 300-500 pounds (136-250 kilograms) of food in a single day. The life span of an Asian elephant is approximately 60 to 70 years.

Wildlife SOS specifically addresses the problem of injured and sick elephants that are forced to work in slums and crowded cities. Our aim is to reach out and help the elephants living in urban environments that are wounded, malnourished and dehydrated or those being used illegally and commercially under deprived conditions. Currently we offer medical services to these needy elephants and train their handlers, ‘the mahouts’ on humane treatment and management of these gentle giants.


We also take action to remove abused elephants from the streets and to help them to retire in our elephant sanctuaries. This is possible through Project Elephant and our joint partnership with the Haryana Forest Department at Ban Santour and with Uttar Pradesh Forest Department at Mathura.

Learn more about our Captive Elephants Welfare Project.