Emma Celebrates One Year Of Freedom With Wildlife SOS

One whole year has passed in the blink of an eye, and here we are, coming together to celebrate Emma’s first rescue anniversary. But it was all a very different story a year ago. When we found Emma, this 40-yea-old elephant had spent most of her life walking along busy streets from state to state, begging for alms, giving tourist rides and[…]

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Six Months Into Emma’s Progress At Wildlife SOS

For a newly rescued elephant, the initial months of adapting to a new environment are a difficult transition period. At Wildlife SOS, we prioritise the comfort and care of these elephants by allowing them the time they need to grow accustomed to this new life. Emma took her time to grow accustomed to the care and treatment we provided her[…]

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Emma Finds New Friends At Wildlife SOS

Emma loves resting under the shade of her enclosure and comfortably snoozes at any time of the day. Almost 3 months into her healing journey, Emma has now adjusted to life at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center and we are slowly seeing more of her inquisitive personality. After giving Emma the time she needed for adjustment, […]

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An Update On Emma’s One-Month Progress At Wildlife SOS

Following a whirlwind rescue operation to get Emma to safety at the start of the new year, we are  thrilled to celebrate her first month of freedom! Emma was forced to walk from one village to another by her owner. [Photo (c) Wildlife SOS/Mradul Pathak] Having embarked on a forty-hour long journey to reach the Elephant Hospital, our[…]

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Emma

Year of arrival: 2021 Age at the time of arrival: 40 years-old Sex: Female Personality traits: Curious and calm  Recognisable features: Slight depigmentation on the borders of the ears, hole in the right ear due to piercing, lifts her forelimbs due to pain and discomfort, light-coloured eyes with specs of green Present[…]

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Follow Emma’s journey home to the Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital

In the aftermath of Jai's successful rescue in record time, we are embarking on a new mission. At the cusp of 2021, our team is on its way to save Emma, an approximately 40-years old elephant who needs our help. Emma’s feet are in terrible condition and she lies down at every chance she gets just to avoid the pain. We know it has been just a […]

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Nina, The Warrior Who Survived 60 Years Of Torment

The sight of Nina, a geriatric female elephant who is over 60 years old, speaks to us, telling us stories that we wish were untrue. Currently under the care of Wildlife SOS at its Elephant Hospital Campus in Uttar Pradesh, Nina's life was that of a begging elephant – a harrowing one that spanned 60 long years. Like Nina, the fate of many[…]

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Wildlife SOS Rescues Indian Striped Hyena From A Culvert

The Rescue  In Azizpur village in Kosi Kalan, Mathura district, the humdrum of daily life is rarely ever disturbed. Yet, on 28th December 2022, an unexpected visitor with a bad reputation set the tranquil village in disarray. An Indian striped hyena was spotted prowling an agriculture field. Rumours about the hyena’s vicious nature[…]

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Agra Hotels Join Hands With Wildlife SOS

This year, the United Nations (UN) made a staggering announcement that the global human population would reach eight billion on 15 November 2022. And it sure did! This mammoth population relies on state-of-the-art facilities and rampant usage of natural resources. Due to anthropogenic activities, the planet has undergone surface changes of up to[…]

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A Day At The Elephant Conservation And Care Centre!

As the first rays of sunlight escape the veil of wispy clouds, the elephant caregivers arrive at the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre (ECCC) in Mathura. They walk towards the various elephant enclosures, glance over the jumbos in deep sleep and make sure that they are all set to start the day. Some of the jumbos, like young Walnut, are[…]

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ECCC Plays Host To Miss Universe Great Britain 2022

As the elephants at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre (ECCC) in Mathura were preparing for a regular day, they were oblivious to the fact that some special visitors, who had been eagerly waiting to meet them, were on their way! Among them was Miss Universe Great Britain 2022 Noky Simbani, who undertook a conservation[…]

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Tales Of Elephants From Two Continents

This is the story of two different kinds of elephants roaming two separate continents. Today, there are three surviving elephant species — the African Savannah elephant (Loxodonta africana), the African Forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) and the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus). If we trace their origin, the prehistoric ancestors of these[…]

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A Volunteer To Remember: Indian Actress Jennifer Winget

Every year August 12 is heralded as World Elephant Day wherein the world comes together to raise awareness about the declining population of elephants. For esteemed Indian actress, Jennifer Winget, this was the perfect opportunity to contribute to the fight for India’s elephants by spending three days volunteering with Wildlife SOS. What ensued […]

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Mother’s Day Special – Wonderful Moms In India’s Jungles!

As Mother's Day comes along, we would like to take the time to highlight some of the most loving and daring mothers found in India's jungles. These moms are ready to risk it all; be it carrying their young ones on their backs, nursing them despite the harshest conditions, or even fighting tooth and nail for their offspring's safety! Nature is[…]

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Cool Measures On Hot Days For Our Elephants And Bears

Mercury levels are hitting records of up to 49°C in the hotter parts of the country, which is basically the Summer saying, “Look! I am here.” Since the summer season can be difficult in India due to being located in the tropics, the dedicated team at Wildlife SOS ensures that a summer care plan is implemented to help our elephants and bears […]

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Is Pop Culture Hastening The Demise of Asian Elephants?

In 1903 Thomas Edison made a 60-second film aptly titled "Electrocuting an Elephant." The black and white film showcased the brutal electrocution of Topsy,  an Asian elephant that could no longer be managed by her owners. Her entire life, Topsy was a circus elephant used as a mere prop for the entertainment of humans. Even in her death, Topsy[…]

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The Paradox of Elephant Trade in The Wildlife (Protection) Bill, 2021

The word Phajaan means breaking of the spirit. It is a brutal process wherein a captive elephant is isolated and beaten -using pain and fear as the driving force until every trace of its wild spirit leaves its body, and it begins obeying its captor. Phajaan is sadly the only way an animal as large as an elephant can be tamed and is the brutal[…]

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Love (or something like it) In The Jungle

Love - a chemical and an arguably ephemeral experience, has dictated the ebbs and flows of society for centuries.  Infact one might argue that the euphoria of love and its constant desire has shaped human communities worldwide. Despite its importance, love eludes us, leaving even the greatest thinkers puzzled about its exact nature. Yet,[…]

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What Is A Begging Elephant?

You might be wondering where the question mark is in that query. But for us at Wildlife SOS, it is not a question but a reality which we have been dealing with for a long time, and still do. So we will try to answer what a begging elephant is as best as we can. These elephants are emaciated and malnourished, and made to walk on the streets of[…]

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Sundari Celebrates Her Fifth Rescueversary!

Alone, abandoned, and surrounded by impossibly tall stalks of sugarcane - the possibility of survival seemed bleak for a young leopard cub. The cub sat quivering in fear as the slashes of sugarcane stalks being cut down echoed all around and the roar of tractors carrying away the harvests echoed all around like the roars of some unknown creature. […]

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Reflecting and Rejoicing at Wildlife SOS!

Like a tradition that binds a family together, Christmas has become an integral part of Wildlife SOS. As December commences, every Wildlife SOS Rescue center reverberates with rumblings of ideas to make Christmas a joyous and memorable occasion for our resident animals. This year our care teams in Maharashtra, Agra, Bangalore, and Mathura left no […]

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Top Rescues of 2021

2021 has been a difficult year with the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. While it continued to affect all aspects of our lives, the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response teams remained committed to the cause and responded to myriad wildlife rescue calls. To pay homage to our dedicated and hard-working teams, we are highlighting some of the most[…]

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Top Fundraisers for 2021

Throughout the year Wildlife SOS has been fortunate to receive support from nearly 200 supporters who have started their very own fundraising campaigns for wildlife using Facebook’s fundraising tools. We’re incredibly grateful to each and every person who dedicated their birthday, wedding, holidays, or special occasion to wildlife by[…]

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2021 Elephant Rescue Recap – Four Beautiful Ladies!

Much like 2020, the uncertainty of COVID lockdowns and restrictions posed significant obstacles to overcome for our rescue teams. But these added challenges didn't slow our efforts to help as many captive elephants as we could, bringing four new members to the Wildlife SOS family. Please welcome Emma, Nina, Pari and Ginger! SUPPORT THE[…]

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A Need To Conserve The Lesser Known Wildlife

If we ask ourselves what is conservation, we might be in a dilemma as to whether it means preservation or careful use of natural resources. When it comes to wildlife conservation it might just be best to preserve the home of wildlife, i.e the forests itself. According to a report, populations of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians have[…]

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Celebrating Elephant Appreciation Day at Wildlife SOS!

In 1996, Wayne Hepburn, owner of Mission Media, received an elephant paperweight as a gift from his daughter. This triggered Wayne’s fascination with the majestic pachyderms, and he went on to create Elephant Appreciation Day, celebrated on the 22nd of September every year. Despite its rather facile origin, Elephant Appreciation Day evolved[…]

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Nearly 2000 Animals Saved In 6 Months By Wildlife SOS!

In the last 6 months, Wildlife SOS has worked tirelessly, round-the-clock to attend to distress calls for animals. The country plunged into another dark wave of COVID19, which lead to state-wise lockdowns. However, our rescue teams enlisted as "essential services" selflessly worked towards ensuring that the emergency calls are attended to,[…]

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Socialisation Of Rescued Elephants At Wildlife SOS

Elephant herds are the living examples of the strongest familial relationships in the wild, each member of the herd has a role to play to ensure that the herd is safe. For an animal that thrives in the company of similar majestic beings, a life in captivity is nothing short of torture and injustice. This is precisely why, when rescued elephants,[…]

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Elephant Of The Month – Maya

As one of our oldest and most experienced caregivers, Munna, gently calls out to Maya asking her to wait while he catches up and she immediately pauses in the middle of her step and lifts her trunk. Munna digs into his pockets and grabs a handful of peanuts to reward Maya for her cooperation and laughs to himself as they continue their walks[…]

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From Tormented Souls To Happy Feet At Wildlife SOS

The elephant proudly holds the title of the largest living land mammal on the planet, which means that the weight of this responsibility rests on their strong limbs. Their body weight is divided on their forelimbs and hindlimbs in a 60 to 40 ratio. At first glance of their large feet, the wide nails and thick skin hide the intricate skeletal[…]

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2021 COVID Updates

October 25, 2021 As we draw close to the end of 2021 the pandemic continues still, though with less impact, to affect the way we live our lives and the experiences we have access to. Our devoted animal care team have ensured throughout the pandemic that all of our animals have continued to experience the very best of care, as always. We[…]

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Staff Profile Of The Month – Dr. Ilayaraja

Hailing from the rich cultural heritage town of Puttukottai in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Ilayaraja Selvaraj has been an integral part of the Wildlife SOS family for the past 18 years. He is presently the Deputy Director of Veterinary Operations and Research at Wildlife SOS. Dr. Ilayaraja’s unmatched zeal and his larger-than-life attitude make him one of[…]

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One Month Into Jai’s Healing Journey

The past one month has been a whirlwind of a journey at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital as we settled Emma into her new home and watched Jai make remarkable progress under our care. The year 2020 was indeed a challenging one, with the pandemic hitting hard and abruptly halting life as we know it. Despite these hurdles, the Wildlife SOS team[…]

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Bid to be Wild! Our best auction yet.

The 7th Annual “Bid To Be Wild” Online Auction ran from May 11 – May 22, 2020. In twelve days, you helped us raise over $100K for wildlife! We had hundreds of handmade gifts and artwork available for purchase which was kindly donated by generous supporters all across the globe. Wildlife SOS is overwhelmed with gratitude to all the[…]

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Kalandar – Haider

Haider's family was barely able to make ends meet and he could not even think of going to school and learning. He would often linger back and help his parents with daily chores and had put aside his dreams and ambitions. Wildlife SOS found out about Haider’s dilemma and decided to invest in his education in Bhopal, Madhya[…]

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Maya

Year of rescue: 2010 Age at the time of rescue: 35 years old Sex: Female Personality traits: Playful  Recognisable features: One of the tallest elephants under our care; lower set eyes  Present health condition: Healthy; frequent foot baths Facility: Elephant Conservation and Care Centre Favourite food: […]

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Freedom To Roam For 19 Wild Elephants In Chhattisgarh

Nestled in the river basin of the mighty Mahanadi river, the district of Mahasamund has found itself faced with a unique and complicated dilemma. The region had not seen any wild elephants till a few years ago, when not one, but nineteen elephants wandered into the area and decided to make it their home. The elephants were faced with unfamiliar[…]

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