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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Maya Celebrates 10-Year Milestone In Her Road To Recovery

“They say an elephant never forgets. What they don't tell you is, you never forget an elephant.” Anyone who meets Maya will heartily agree with the above statement. Once you interact with the exuberant pachyderm, it is impossible to forget her vivacity and joie-de-vivre. As she stands tall and proud munching on fresh, juicy sugarcane next[…]

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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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A Week with Wildlife SOS: The Chinmaya School Volunteers at our centers!

A group of thirteen students from the Chinmaya International School volunteered at Wildlife SOS’ Agra Bear Rescue Facility and Elephant Conservation and Care Centre for a week towards the end of the last month. The students had at least two things in common- they were all from the twelfth standard and were incredibly passionate about wildlife.[…]

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Meet Asim, Maya’s Main Man

Asim has worked at Wildlife SOS’ Elephant Conservation and Care Centre for five years, since the rescue of his elephant, Maya. Over the years, we’ve noticed Aseem grow as an individual and seen the special bond he shares with Maya intensify and strengthen. We thought we’d ask him a little bit about his and Maya’s  journey with Wildlife[…]

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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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How Children Can Revolutionize Wildlife Conservation?

Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, was known for his love for children and animals; So much so that on the occasion of Nehru’s birthday, India observes a day dedicated to the nation’s children. Nehru’s attitude towards children was accurately captured in a letter he once wrote to the children of India. He said,[…]

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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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Hosting more than just elephants at ECCC

Did you know that the land where the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre (ECCC) stands today was in fact a mustard and potato farm? The 40-acre area was extensively used for agriculture leading to the degradation of the soil quality, until our efforts over the years to regenerate the property began. The Wildlife SOS team has been able to[…]

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Difference Between Tusks And Tushes In Asian Elephants

Asian elephants differ physiologically from their African counterparts, primarily in the shape of their ears, their build, their height and even their temperament. Rajesh is one of the rescued tuskers who resides at ECCC. [Photo (c) Wildlife SOS/Mradul Pathak] Some of the common differences between the two species are enlisted[…]

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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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Staff Profile Of The Month: Suvidha Bhatnagar

Communications superstar and an avid lover of all that nature has to offer, this month’s staff highlight is a member of our team, known, loved and respected by everyone. Her infectious laughter and vivacious personality makes her the best team lead one could ever ask for. This month, we bring you the story of Ms. Suvidha Bhatnagar. Suvidha[…]

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German Ambassador to India Enjoys A Day Out with our Elephants at ECCC!

German Ambassador to India, Mr. Walter J. Lindner, recently visited the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura. Having previously served in Kenya, Seychelles, Venezuela and South Africa, the German Diplomat shares a profound passion for wildlife and music, having composed over five records throughout his career! German[…]

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Wildlife SOS Volunteer Awards: ‘Rising Star’ Category

Winner: Xavi Barugh (8yrs old) At Wildlife SOS, we truly appreciate the effort put in by every volunteer associated with us. Each year to honor their work, we select a volunteer who receives the ‘Wildlife SOS Volunteer Award’ for their commitment to helping us save India’s wildlife.  We are pleased to announce that 8-year-old[…]

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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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8 Year Old Xavi’s Fundraiser For Elephants

We at Wildlife SOS take immense pride in our young wildlife warriors. Their passion and dedication to helping conserve and safeguard nature are truly inspirational.  We take this opportunity to talk about young Xavi, an eight-year-old British schoolboy with learning difficulties who is spearheading a campaign in his school to support our[…]

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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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Rescues from the helpline – August!

Every month, we receive hundreds of calls regarding urban wildlife in distress. To combat the rising number of conflict cases, Wildlife SOS operates a 24x7 emergency rescue helplines manned by our Rapid Response Team in three cities: Delhi NCR – +91-9871963535 Agra & Mathura in Uttar Pradesh – +91-9917109666 Vadodara, Gujarat – […]

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Surreal Splash for Our Rescued Pachyderms!

Time and again, your feeds on social media will be filled with one of our rescued elephants splashing around in the pools in their enclosures or napping comfortably in it. More often than not, an image of our elephants completely submerged in water with just a trunk lazily hanging on the edge shows their complete relaxation and joy. In the[…]

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Elephant of the Month: Rajesh!

If you ever had the chance to visit our Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, other than our staff or a glimpse of our elephants on a walk, there is one more prominent and powerful voice that will welcome you – a loud and clear trumpet that tears through the composed calm of the Centre! For us all working at the Centres, we casually roll our[…]

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Benefits of a Veggielicious Diet on Eat Your Vegetables Day!

We have all probably grown up with our parents having to chase us to finish that lone piece of broccoli or the bits of carrots that lay abandoned in our plates. Even at our schools, teachers would give us countless lessons on the importance of eating vegetables to gain strength and immunity. This holds true not only for us but also for the[…]

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‘Water Baby’ Phoolkali, completes 8 Years at Wildlife SOS!

Grace emanates from her grand stature as she towers over most of our elephants as the tallest female elephant under our care at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, in Mathura. With perfect depigmentation on her trunk covering her round eyes hooded with long lashes, a beautiful pachyderm like Phoolkali rightly belonged in the[…]

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Phoolkali

Year of rescue: 2012 Age at the time of rescue: 55 years Sex: Female Personality traits: Jovial and playful Recognisable features: Perfectly symmetrical depigmentation over her eyes and her trunk, the tallest female elephant under our care Present health condition: Presently not undergoing any treatment; medicated foot bath of[…]

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Unsung Heroes, Wildlife SOS Caregivers Stand Strong Amidst Corona Crisis

Not all heroes wear capes, some wear Wildlife SOS T-shirts and wake up every morning, ever-so-diligently to go check on the animals that they take care of – indeed, these are the unsung heroes of Wildlife SOS, they are the animal keepers at our rescue centres across the country. Hailing from different corners of the country, these men stand[…]

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India’s largest Waterbed to the rescue, for our elephants’ ailing joints!

In November 2018, Wildlife SOS inaugurated the country’s first Elephant Hospital in Mathura with state-of-the-art technology and equipment to provide relief to the elephants that are under our care and have been rescued from a past full of pain and neglect. Now, with about 30 elephants under our care, owing to the unwavering faith of supporters, […]

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Christmas arrives at Wildlife SOS Rescue Centres!

As Santa Claus found his way down the chimney awaiting some cookies and milk by the fireplace in houses all around the world, our teams at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility and Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, in Mathura, were no less than Santa as they donned bright red attires to bring Christmas home for our rescued elephants and bears. Like[…]

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A Big Leap for the Elephants! India’s First Elephant Hospital

Wildlife SOS just opened India's very first Elephant Hospital! To us this is truly historic, a milestone not only for Wildlife SOS an organization, but more importantly for injured and ailing elephants throughout India, who can now get the care and love they need in a state-of-the-art facility. On Friday, November 16, a bevy of supportive[…]

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Bollywood actor Jim Sarbh lends a hand to our rescued Elephants & Bears!

An Indian stage and film actor, Jim Sarbh, with his riveting on-screen presence has recently exposed his latent love for animals. With his concern for wildlife conservation, the actor supported Wildlife SOS’ cause by volunteering at the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, Mathura and the Agra Bear Rescue Facility. The actor spent five days[…]

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Bollywood Actor, Sidharth Malhotra Visits Our Elephants!

Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra first discovered the heartbreaking reality of the lives of India’s captive elephants through the story of one such elephant – Gajraj. A nationwide campaign for Gajraj’s freedom from his life as a captive elephant, highlighting his desperate need for immediate veterinary intervention, moved the actor and he[…]

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Founder of ENP, Lek Chailert Visits The Elephant Conservation & Care Center

We set up our Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura in 2010, as the first and only one of its kind to care for and rehabilitate illegally owned, sick and injured elephants from across the country. One of the inspiring and guiding influences in our journey with elephants has been the indomitable Sangduen Chailert, fondly called Lek, the[…]

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Indian Cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal Supports Wildlife SOS

On the occasion of International Day of Forests celebrated on 21st March, renowned Indian cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal made a bold statement about protection of Indian elephants and conservation of Indian wildlife during his visit to the Agra Bear Rescue Facility & the Elephant Conservation & Care Center. The Wildlife SOS staff and[…]

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Celebrated American Musician, Pharrell Williams Visits The Elephant Center!

Last week, the elephants at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre had an incredibly special visitor drop by the rescue centre to visit them. Multiple Grammy award winning rapper, musician and songwriter Pharrell Williams stopped over at Agra to see the famed Taj Mahal during his whirlwind visit to India, and made sure to drop in[…]

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British TV Celebrity Paul O’Grady Steps Forward To Protect Elephants!

Renowned British Television celebrity Paul O’Grady, MBE has become a patron of Wildlife SOS India to support our efforts to protect elephants and other wildlife in India. The Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center (ECCC) in Mathura and the Agra Bear Rescue Facility were featured recently in British TV series “Paul O’Grady: For[…]

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A Big Buffet For Our Rescued Eles On Elephant Appreciation Day!

Nearly every elephant in captivity has been caught from the wild, snatched from its family and mother by ruthless poachers – and then enslaved for the entirety of its life. The exploitation of elephants is not only horrifying in terms of the mental and physical impact it has on individual elephants in captivity, but also the extreme detrimental[…]

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Indian Cricket Star Yusuf Pathan Bats For Wildlife Conservation

March has been quite a star studded month for Wildlife SOS with Grammy winning musician Ricky Kej visiting our Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Center in Bangalore, followed by renowned Indian cricketer Yusuf Pathan and his wonderful family making a trip to our Elephant Conservation & Care Center and Agra Bear Rescue Facility in Uttar Pradesh. They[…]

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Wildlife SOS at the India Art Fair

At Wildlife SOS, we’re used to being surrounded by an amazing herd of elephants, but the end of January found us in the midst of a rather colourful group of painted fibreglass elephant statues as Wildlife SOS geared up for the 2016 edition of its Art for Elephants fundraiser at none other than the India Art Fair! The India Art Fair, held[…]

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Art For Elephants; A Fundraiser For Elephant Conservation and Care Center

The staff at Wildlife SOS spent their weekend surrounded by elephants a little different from the ones we are used to. More than sixty exquisite fibre glass elephants were on display at the Le Meridian Hotel, hand-painted by some of India’s finest artists, as part of a fundraiser for the wonderful animals in our care. The elephants started out[…]

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Wildlife SOS committed to its cause- Rescuing Circus Elephants since 2010

by- Suvidha Bhatnagar Wildlife SOS is the first Indian organization to put their concern about the plight of captive elephants in entertainment & tourism into action. Four years ago the Mathura rescue centre in collaboration with Project Elephant and the Government of Uttar Pradesh was started, and our first experience of the trauma undergone[…]

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Shower of Affection- An emotional Christmas for Wildlife SOS

by- Suvidha Bhatnagar Wildlife SOS witnessed a beautiful Christmas when children with special needs visited Elephant Conservation and Care Center, Mathura. Dr Kirti Joshi, a pediatric physiotherapist in coordination with Wildlife SOS brought  some of her young patients along with their family to show the rescued elephants under care of wildlife[…]

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Raju’s Life After Rescue

For Raju, a new life of freedom began after 50 years of cruelty, when he was rescued by Wildlife SOS and brought to the Elephant Conservation and Care Center, Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. Initially shy and weak, it took him a few weeks to familiarize himself with the surroundings and realize that he could roam around free without spiked anklets[…]

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First Online Auction Fundraiser By Wildlife SOS

By Kadambari Atri Recently, Wildlife SOS had organised it's first online auction fundraiser that started from 7th April and continued till 16th April 2014. The items available for auction included footprints of rescued leopards & elephants, decorative bags & scarfs made by Kalandar women and paintings from well-versed artists such as[…]

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Chanchal- the water baby

By Steffi Joseph Playful as ever, Chanchal has lived up to her name with her daily antics, winning hearts every day.  Our 17- year old is a water baby and spends much time rolling in the pond.Her name is just enough to bring a grin on the face of our vets and mahouts. Chanchal was rescued on the 30th of June, 2012 after a road accident in Noida.[…]

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Laxmi- Two months after her rescue

By Resham Beri Laxmi, who was rescued by Wildlife in July 2013 from Mumbai, is now well settled in at the Elephant Rescue Center in Mathura,  She is a playful pachyderm and her health is improving.  She absolutely loves food and enjoys eating a variety of fruits.  Apples appear to be her favorite.  She tends to be a little territorial about[…]

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A Miraculous Escape! “Rescue of Chanchal Elephant”

By Aishuwarya Sudarshan On the morning of 29th June 2012 a very tragic accident was witnessed in Noida, on the outskirts of Delhi. A speeding truck hit two elephants walking without reflectors, killing one elephant and injuring the second elephant severely! The mahouts of both elephants were injured and the truck driver vanished from the crime[…]

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Meet Vinay, our first Volunteer Coordinator

Vinay Datla is the new volunteer coordinator for Wildlife SOS.  This is a new program for Wildlife SOS and we are excited to be launching it in March.  We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Vinay who will be heading up this program. Vinay, how did you get interested in working for Wildlife SOS? I recently graduated from[…]

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Crop Raiding with the Elephants

I had been riding on trains, planes and taxis it felt for 72 hours straight. During these travels I felt that I had been unceremoniously stowed either in the overhead compartment or in my nylon duffle bag pressed up against the snake hooks. Therefore, I was feeling like I needed a petite elephant to walk across my back to help me unwind and[…]

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Cantaloupes and Footballs

By Sharon St. Joan  When Maya arrived at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Rescue Centre at Mathura, she weighed 3,890 kilos (8,558 pounds).  That may sound like a lot, but for a big elephant like Maya it wasn’t.  She was really skinny; she never seemed to get enough to eat at the circus, and the people there really weren’t[…]

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Up Close and Personal with Dr. Yaduraj- Part 1

Working with elephants is a dream that many people have.  But what is it really like to work with an animal that can weigh more than five tons or 5,000 kg?  We bring you our 4th interview in a series that we are doing on the people who make the work of Wildlife SOS possible.  This one is with Dr. Yaduraj, who is the Senior Wildlife Veterinary[…]

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Happy Days of Jambavant

  By Sharon St. Joan   During the monsoon, Jambavant can be found after a heavy downpour, walking along with the mud squishing between his toes.  He peers at the ground, waiting for bugs and termites to come up to the surface, and ants too! He enjoys having his fur all wet. For him the Agra Bear Rescue Facility, run by Wildlife[…]

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Bhola – from ‘skin and bones’ to strong and healthy

Bhola the 45 year old male elephant came in with more injuries than some soldiers returning from battle. Hit by a truck, it was several months before he could recover from injuries to the trunk, spine, back and shoulders. Bhola was an overworked and starved elephant to begin with, a veritable cadaver, yet an elephant with a strong will to[…]

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