Looking Back on Five Glorious Years With Sanjay- Elephant of the Month

The name Sanjay means victorious, a title apt for this majestic tusker who has emerged triumphant from an uphill battle against illegal elephant trafficking and trade.  Today, as Sanjay celebrates his five years of freedom, we look back on his tumultuous life, celebrating his resilience and strength that stems not from his large stature but[…]

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Elephant of the Month: Sanjay!

There is something majestic and regal about a tusker walking, in all his grandiosity. For wildlife enthusiasts, spotting a tusker in the wild is the high-point of their lives. However, the brutal trade of poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking has made these sightings in the wild rarer than ever. Of one such brutalising story is that of[…]

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What’s Sanjay’s story? How did you come to know about him?

A twist of fate brought the elephant under the custody of the forest department and they requested our intervention. Years of abuse and mistreatment had had a detrimental effect on the elephant’s health. Partially blind in the left eye, Sanjay was severely malnourished with severe wounds on his body and even tail. The elephant’s feet are also[…]

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Sanjay

Year of rescue: 2017 Age at the time of rescue: 50 years old Sex: Male Personality traits: Gentle Recognisable features: One of the biggest elephants under our care Present health condition: Sanjay is undergoing treatment for a wound on his left elbow which is regularly cleaned and dressed with antiseptic[…]

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Celebrating Two Years with Sanjay!

It was a fateful call from the local Forest Department that led to the rescue of Sanjay, our magnificent bull-tusker. Wildlife SOS was informed that Sanjay’s owners had cut chunks of his tusk and sold them in the black market for illegal trade of animal parts. Sanjay was in a grave situation as his owners were cunningly planning to challenge his […]

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Celebrating Sanjay’s First Year Of Freedom!

February 2017 brought some much welcomed respite from the chilly weather and a rather unexpected new arrival at the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, Mathura. A call from the local Forest Department alerted the team to the plight of a young bull tusker whose owners had hacked off parts of his tusks in the hopes of selling them for money.[…]

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Sanjay’s Bell Comes Off

In February we all united to organize the fastest rescue in Wildlife SOS history. With your help we put a team together to save "the Elephant with No Name." A few days later, again with your help, we gave him the name "Sanjay" — meaning victorious. ... When Sanjay arrived, he was wearing a bell. As you might recall, we often wait a few weeks[…]

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One Month of Freedom at ECCC- Update on Sanjay Elephant

Just a month after his rescue in the first week of February 2017, Sanjay, formerly known as the Elephant With No Name, has much more than just a name to be proud of. His recovery, both mental and physical, is slowly but steadily progressing under the dedicated care of our wonderful veterinarians and the other staff at the Elephant Conservation and […]

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A Webinar On Sanjay’s Rescue

An urgent call on the evening of the fifth of February set about a chain of events that resulted in an emergency rescue mission to bring to safety an elephant who we now call Sanjay. Sanjay’s rescue was incredibly sensitive due to the nature of his story and the covert and urgent basis on which he needed to be brought to safety. This made it[…]

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The Story of Sanjay: The Elephant With No Name

The elephant is a massive bull tusker that towers over the four brothers that claim ‘ownership’ over him. The ownership however, has no supporting documents or paperwork, making it wholly illegal. The elephant is gaunt, with hip bones and a spine that jut out awkwardly from his frame. His feet are in abominable condition – cracks run through […]

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FAQ On Sanjay Elephant

Q. What's Sanjay's story? How did you come to know about him? Ans: A twist of fate brought the elephant under the custody of the forest department and they requested our intervention. Years of abuse and mistreatment had had a detrimental effect on the elephant’s health. Partially blind in the left eye, Sanjay was severely malnourished with[…]

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Awareness Event On Earth Day At Sanjay Van

An Earth Day awareness event was organised by Working With Nature Group (WWN) and Delhi Development (DDA) at Sanjay Van on 22 April 2015. The event was attended by over 250 students from over 15 schools, 2 colleges as well as some residents of Delhi.  The chief Guest at the Function was the VC of DDA. Wildlife SOS team member, Bindia gave a talk[…]

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Langurs Against Monkeys: A Tale of Poor Conflict Management

Monkey menace? Call the Langur manager!   This is a classic response on how to tackle this situation. With rapid deforestation, cities have become new homes to numerous various animals, including the Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta). The species has established itself in the midst of major Indian cities such as Delhi, Chandigarh,[…]

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Bear Cub Rescued From The Menacing Grasp Of Barbed Wires

A wild Sloth bear cub trapped in a barbed-wire fence is an extremely worrisome image. But as soon as the news flew in that the cub was in distress, a rescue team immediately rushed to the location to the aid of the helpless cub. The one-and-a-half year old female bear had found herself in a perilous situation after getting caught in a[…]

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Sundari

Year of arrival: 2005 Age at the time of arrival: Approximately 12 years Sex: Female Personality traits: Calm and laid-back Recognisable features: A visibly altered nose Present health condition: Currently under geriatric care Facility: Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Centre Favourite[…]

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Our Bear Of The Month – Mowgli!

This is Mowgli’s story, but this Mowgli is different from one in the popular children's book – The Jungle Book. His past is more harrowing, a tale which should make anyone teary-eyed. In 2017, a 10-week-old sloth bear cub was found nursing from his mother’s lifeless body outside the Sanjay-Dubri National Park in Madhya Pradesh. The mother[…]

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Veterinary Workshop On Elephant Welfare

Elephant care is a matter of urgent importance for wildlife conservationists in India. With the dwindling elephant population, the focus is not only on the preservation of the elephant population in the wild but also on the welfare of the substantial number of captive elephants that are present within human settlements. Keeping this in mind, a[…]

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Know Your Indian Wild Cats

While many know of Wildlife SOS’ leopard conservation efforts, a little-known fact is that we have also had the opportunity to study and work with tigers, lions, and some of the lesser-known Indian wild cats such as the Rusty-spotted cat, Jungle cat, and Leopard cat. India is a nation blessed with a rich natural heritage and[…]

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Leopards In Mumbai Get Radio Collars To Reduce Conflict

Wildlife conservation is exciting in many ways and has its own thrills. It is no less adventurous than what we witness in a National Geographic or BBC Earth wildlife documentary, such as walking through dense forests to radio collar one of the most ubiquitous big cats – leopards. In a successful Public Private Partnership, the Maharashtra[…]

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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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Raju’s Seventh Year Celebrated With A Surprise!

The Wildlife SOS Field of Dreams witnessed an unusual amount of activity on the morning of 4th of July, this year. It turns out our elephant care staff was counting days to this grand day of celebration when they would organize a surprise feast for one of our beloved elephants— Raju! Seven years ago, everyone was moved to tears with Raju’s[…]

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Hema Undergoes Eye Surgery at the Leopard Rescue Centre

*Warning: Graphic Content* Conservation and Rehabilitation centres work on a microscopic imitation of the original habitats of long-ranging species such as leopards. Hence they have to come up with creative solutions to the challenges they face. Fortunately, modern veterinary science has turned complicated procedures like eye-surgery, dental[…]

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Giving Tuesday – Monumental “Then and Now” Images

A huge thank you from Wildlife SOS for all your Giving Tuesday 2020 support! We shared some striking "then and now" videos and images that really demonstrate the impact we've all made in these beautiful animals' lives. If you missed them on our Facebook and Instagram pages, you can see them here. If you would like to support Wildlife SOS[…]

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Caring for Blind Elephants at Wildlife SOS

With Arya’s arrival at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital, there are now a total of 6 rescued blind elephants under our care. These elephants have endured brutality and pain, which caused irreversible damage to their body and mind. Severe malnutrition coupled with lack of timely medical treatment for eye injuries that were caused by repeated […]

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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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Dedicated to everyone who made our Dreams a Reality – the Wall of Dreams!

Adorned with 118 names, the Wall of Dreams is dedicated to our supporters and donors, all over the world! [Photo (c) Wildlife SOS/Shirina Sawhney] Leaving behind a lifetime of abuse and neglect, our elephants do not just come to the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre for care and comfort, they come home, the home that they[…]

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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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Our Rescued Sloth Bear Cub, Mowgli Turns One!

Watching young Mowgli exuberantly bounding around his enclosure at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility, it is hard to imagine that it has been almost a year since he first came into our lives. Mowgli’s story was one that had us all in tears. He was found clinging to his dying mother after she was electrocuted by poachers outside the Sanjay-Dubri[…]

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Team Of Veterinarians From WII Visit Wildlife SOS’ Centers!

Last month, the Wildlife SOS team in Agra played host to a group of government veterinarians from the north Indian state of Uttarakhand as part of an exposure visit and training program on Wildlife and Health Management by the Wildlife Institute of India with the aim of improving the skills of veterinarians in handling wildlife health emergencies. […]

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Three Leopard Cubs Reunited With Mother in Nashik by Team Wildlife SOS

Earlier this week, local farmers in Brahmanwada village, Nashik stumbled upon three tiny leopard cubs huddled together amidst the dense sugarcane fields while harvesting their crops. The cubs were barely old enough to open their eyes and were mewling helplessly for their mother so the farmers called in the Forest Department for help.  It is not[…]

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Meet Mradul, Our Wildlife Photographer!

There’s a story behind every beautiful picture and every action packed video on the Wildlife SOS website and social media – and at the centre of that story is a photographer putting himself in some rather unruly positions to give the world a glimpse into the lives of our rescued animals and the work we do. Mradul Pathak has been a photographer […]

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Micro-chipping Leopards in Maharashtra

Last month, the sight of a leopard wandering in the sugarcane fields caused major uproar in a remote village near Satara, Maharashtra. In recent years, there has been a rise in the number of leopard encounters in the state due to human encroachment and rapid deforestation caused by creation of sugar cane fields for farmers, forcing these majestic[…]

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Mowgli’s New Life At The Agra Bear Rescue Facility

Wires hang precariously between the trees at the edge of the Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve in the Siddi district of Madhya Pradesh. The voltage that shoots through the wires is dangerously high, much above the permissible limit – strung low by poachers that have only the worst intentions at heart. An unsuspecting female bear wanders close to the[…]

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Orphan Sloth Bear Cub Rescued; Mother Killed By Poachers

Spread across 467 sq kms of undulating plains and deciduous forests, the Sanjay-Dubri National Park located in Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh is blessed with a rich population of diverse wildlife species. Earlier this month, a female sloth bear followed closely by her tiny ten week old baby set out for the day in their quest for food only to[…]

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Missing Leopard cubs happily reunited with mother in Maharashtra!

As dawn broke over Somatwadi village, located a few kilometers away from the bustling city of Pune, seasonal farmers woke up to another busy day harvesting their sugarcane crops. Around the same time, a mother leopard decided to venture out to the neighboring forest to hunt while leaving her young off-springs hidden safely amidst the tall dense[…]

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Uttarakhand Forest Dept. Officials Attend Conflict Mitigation Program at MLRC

In the last decade, the state of Uttarakhand has seen a dramatic increase in man-animal conflicts, predominantly problems relating to the leopard population residing in the vast hilly forests. However, due to rapid urbanisation resulting in degradation of forests and a decline in natural prey base, these majestic wild cats are being forced out of[…]

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Team WSOS Celebrates World Sparrow Day

The Wildlife SOS team at the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre recently celebrated World Sparrow day and International Day of Forests with over a 100 students from Vidya Pre-school in Junnar, Maharashtra. Dr. Ajay, the senior veterinarian at MLRC was accompanied by Forester-Mr. D. D. Salunke and Forest Guards-Mrs. Saurna Kutekar and Mr. Sanjay[…]

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Ending the year by saving Leopards- Rescued and Released by Wildlife SOS

by- Pia Sharma In a very eventful week the Wildlife SOS team from Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Center, Maharashtra has helped rescue and rehabilitate two Leopards. Coincidentally both Leopards were rescued from wells, in separate parts of Maharashtra. The Wildlife SOS team received a call from, Sanjay Kadu of the Forest Department regarding a 6 month[…]

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Wildlife SOS celebrates Wildlife Week

By Aishuwarya Sudarshan Wildlife SOS celebrated Wildlife Week this year with the usual pomp and enthusiasm as always in the past. Wildlife SOS team members in different parts of India organized and participated in awareness activities and events for wildlife sensitization. Awareness programs, documentary screening, nature walks and participation[…]

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Two Slow Loris seized from smugglers at the Delhi International Airport

By Aishuwarya Sudarshan Everybody at the Delhi International airport thought it was just another day at work, security, scanners and aero planes. Little did they know things were about to change. The Jet Airways flight from Thailand had landed, the date 10th September 2012. Most passengers were rushing to get through the transfer gate to catch[…]

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Army Veteran’s Daughter Saves Wolf Snake

Surender and Rohtas and rescued wolf snake Last night, in the middle of a festive social event in Agra for Wildlife SOS-India and WSOS-USA staff, an emergency call was placed to our Wildlife SOS 24-Hour Animal Rescue Hotline. It seems that a snake was lodged in the plumbing of a washing machine at the residence of Col. Sanjay[…]

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A successful Anti-poaching in the Delhi border results in the arrest of 4 poachers and recovery of 15 deadly jaw traps and wild animal carcasses

In a joint Anti operation carried out by Wildlife SOS with Haryana Forest Dept and Haryana Police based on intelligence intercepted by Wildlife SOS, it was shocking to learn that wildlife poaching was rampant in the border areas of Delhi.An ambush operation was arranged and the team had an all night vigil which we hoped would yield results.A gang[…]

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“Virtual Volunteers” – SPAN Magazine

The current issue of SPAN Magazine (a publication of the US Embassy in New Delhi) features an article about Wildlife SOS.  Here's an excerpt: Grab your helmet and get on the bike,” shouted Wildlife SOS rescuer Sanjay Acharya to Jon Dunn, an American volunteer visiting India for the first time. The two were off to a Vodafone store in Noida,[…]

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Cool snake rescues in the Indian Capital

Some of the Wildlife Rescue Units recent snake rescues have been by far the coolest in over a decade of rescues. A Leith's sand snake rarely sighted before in Delhi was rescued late afternoon by the Wildlife SOS Rescue Unit, from a 25 foot long garden pipe by WSOS volunteer. In order to effectively restrain the snake which is an extremely fast[…]

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Monsoons lead to two Python rescues in Delhi in a week!

The Wildlife S.O.S. Reptile Rescue cell in Delhi is on a roll these days. With the Monsoons flushing out snakes from all hidey holes and leading them to public places and people's homes looking for food and a dry shelter, the Wildlife S.O.S. 24 hour rescue helpline is flooded with "distress calls". In the last week alone Wildlife S.O.S. has come […]

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