Suraj

Year of rescue: 2015 Age at the time of rescue: 45 years old Sex: Male Personality traits: Very calm Recognisable features: One-eared elephant; lost presumably when poached from his herd in the wild Present health condition: Healthy; not undergoing any treatment except regular footbaths Facility: Elephant Conservation[…]

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The Underdog Elephant of the Month: Suraj

Every day during evening hours, our visitors and volunteers are left awestruck with the sight of a magnificent tusker silently walking to the centre after his evening walk.  His long, regal tusks never fail to catch one’s attention and leave them fixed in their tracks wanting an uninterrupted sight of him.  Our dear Suraj, however, remains[…]

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A Webinar On Suraj’s Life After Rescue At Wildlife SOS

Suraj arrived at our rescue centre on Christmas eve in the winter of 2015, in what was nothing short of a Christmas miracle, following a face-off with a hostile mob determined to keep him imprisoned in the temple that had chained and abused him for nearly his entire life. Since his arrival at the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura,[…]

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Celebrating Suraj’s First Year of Freedom

On December 24 last year, an elephant's life changed forever. Up until that day, the 45+-year-old tusker named Suraj had been wasting away in a tiny, depressing temple room in Maharashtra — chained up as a captive spectacle for temple visitors (see photo below). When our veterinarians helped emancipate Suraj, they found an elephant suffering[…]

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An Update On Suraj; The One Eared Elephant

Rescued in December 2015 from a lifetime of abuse and negligence as a confined temple elephant in Satara, Maharashtra, Suraj, the 45 year old one –eared tusker is now on a steady road to recovery in his new home at the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre (ECCC) in Mathura. When the Wildlife SOS Rescue team first found him, they were[…]

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Saving Suraj; Sunshine For The One-Eared Temple Elephant

Warm sunlight reflects of his magnificent tusks, as the large bull elephant steps gingerly off the Wildlife SOS Elephant Ambulance and into the Elephant Conservation & Care Centre, Mathura. For Suraj, whose name literally translates to ‘sun’ in Hindi, sunshine is as special a treat as the sugarcane and bananas being offered to coax him off […]

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Suraj, the One-Eared Elephant

Suraj is a male temple elephant who is about 45 years old. Sometime in his past, his entire left ear was ripped off. It was so long ago, that no one remembers how it happened, but we suspect it could have been when he was captured from the wild as a baby and separated from his mother and herd. When our team arrived at the temple recently to[…]

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Meet Suraj Pal, Our Kind Elephant Keeper

Suraj Pal has worked with Wildlife SOS for four years, acting as an elephant keeper at Wildlife SOS’ Elephant Care and Conservation Centre, Mathura. His understanding and respect for elephants is well-known among the staff at ECCC, and we thought we’d talk to him to find out a little more. How did you come to work for Wildlife SOS? I joined[…]

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Planned Giving

Imagining the Futurefor Wildlife When you leave a legacy or planned gift in your will to Wildlife SOS, you’re helping to ensure a future of wildlife conservation and rescue. Because of your generous support, Wildlife SOS is making great positive changes in the protection of India’s elephants, bears, leopards and other precious wildlife.[…]

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Staff Profile Of The Month: Nikki Sharp

Nikki Sharp is the fearless leader and Executive Director of Wildlife SOS USA. She has spent nearly three decades fighting for animal causes, beginning with tackling the dog and cat overpopulation problem with national puppy mill initiatives and large-scale adoption events for homeless pets before settling in to her role with Wildlife SOS. She[…]

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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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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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Here Is How Our Resident Animals Beat The Summer Heat!

Temperatures soaring to nearly 50 degrees centigrade (122F), every human across India is facing the brunt of this brutal summer! The summer months can be uncomfortable—even dangerous—for animals and people. It's difficult enough simply to cope with rising temperatures, let alone humidity. To avoid things from getting intense and to make our[…]

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Staff Profile Of The Month – Lavanya Raju

Lavanya takes a walk with Chanchal at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre. Lavanya Raju is the Director of Finance and Administration based in our small Utah, USA office. She joined Wildlife SOS in 2015. You can often find Lavanya working closely with our supporters on questions about their monthly donations, estate[…]

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Elephant Of The Month: Bhola

In leisurely walks by the riverside, Bhola often pauses, his trunk lightly traces the soft mud that he stands on. The relief of the natural substrata was the most basic necessity that Bhola was deprived of.  Bhola spent decades as a begging elephant forced to navigate the narrow streets of a village, violently prodded by a bullhook. […]

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Rescued Elephants Welcome Winters at Wildlife SOS

As the bright sunshine pierces through the dense fog and mist of the morning, our elephants can be seen pausing amidst their walks to bask under the sun at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre. The month of December, with its unpredictable and delightful rainfall, prepared us all for a chilly winter that was lurking around the[…]

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The One Eared Elephant’s Tale of Freedom

Anybody who has worked with elephants goes on to discover that bulls are much more temperamental than females. They are more independent, curious and spend much of their time in a solitary manner, preferring their solace more than anything. Our magnificent resident tusker Suraj displays few of these traits, however, highlighting the extent to[…]

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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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Bear of the Month – Polly

Morning starts with eagerness within the enclosure; every new day brings with it tons of delicious honey-laced porridge, which is a beloved delicacy amongst our bears. Polly starts her day with a leisurely stretch outside her den, making her way lazily to one of the three hammocks within the enclosure and flopping onto it. Then starts the eager[…]

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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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Polly

Year of rescue: 2008 Age at the time of rescue: 6 years old Sex: Female Personality traits/quirks: Shy and lazy Recognizable features: None Physical condition and ongoing health challenges: Not undergoing any treatment; healthy Facility: Agra Bear Rescue Facility  Favorite foods: Coconut Sanctuary friends:[…]

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Mitigating human-leopard conflict in Greater Noida

While people in the city enjoyed a relaxing and rejuvenating Sunday, a helpless leopard’s life was at stake when it mistakenly ventured inside a field in Sadullapur village, Greater Noida. The Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit receives calls round the clock from compassionate people and works tirelessly to provide critical aid to animals in[…]

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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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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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WSOS & Rajasthan Forest Dept Join Hands To Help Jaipur’s Elephants

As part of an initiative to help improve the living and working conditions of the elephants of Jaipur, Wildlife SOS in collaboration with the Rajasthan Forest Department is working closely with the elephant owners and mahouts or caretakers of these elephants to create a more humane and safe environment for these wonderful animals. After a careful […]

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More Dates for Kartick and Geeta’s 2016 Lecture Series!

Wildlife SOS cofounders Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani are adding dates to their U.S. tour! As of now, their 2016 lecture series will feature stops in Los Gatos, California; Greenwich, Connecticut; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Kartick and Geeta will share true-life stories about catching poachers, re-training Kalandar communities steeped in […]

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Top 15 Rescues Of 2015

For Wildlife SOS, 2015 had its fair share of highs and lows, and brought with it all the memorable, pulse-racing moments of a busy year well-spent. Our teams, spread across India, are linked by a very special cause- rescuing wildlife in distress and bringing them to safety. These are the top 15 rescues we pulled off in 2015, thanks to your[…]

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A Serpentine Surprise At The Airforce Station

It was Monday morning, and the staff at Wildlife SOS’ Delhi office were settling in for another week of work. At 12:40 am, the hotline rang for the first rescue of the week. The person on the other end of the line sounded distressed and reported that she was calling from the Tughlaqabad Air Force Station and a snake had been spotted on the[…]

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