Indian Actress Disha Patani Raises Awareness For Elephants With Wildlife SOS

June 5, 2023 | By Shavya Arora
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On this year’s World Environment Day, Wildlife SOS was graced by the presence of renowned Indian actress Disha Patani. Her spirit to actively learn about the animals at Wildlife SOS centres and volunteer in various activities for them was truly mesmerising. She stepped onto the grounds of the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre (ECCC) in Mathura with a glimmer of excitement in her eyes. Disha wholeheartedly lent her support in spreading awareness about conserving wildlife. Let’s take a closer look at her engagement with Wildlife SOS and the incredible experiences she had over the two days of her visit.

Actress Disha Patani revealed her affinity for elephants and confessed that it has always been her lifelong dream to be present in this sanctuary of compassion. [Photo credit © Wildlife SOS]

Elephantine Support for ECCC

Disha Patani first arrived at the Elephant Hospital of ECCC to pay a courteous visit to the Wall of Fame. The Wall Of Fame dons the names of generous donors, without whom the vital work of this organisation would not be possible. Disha was then guided to view the majestic weighing machine that is used to monitor an elephant’s weight. This equipment plays a significant role in the healthcare management of elephants since it allows the caretakers and veterinary team at the centre to track the pachyderms’ nutritional needs and overall well-being.

During this session, Disha interacted with the Wildlife SOS vets who familiarised her with the complexities of elephant behaviour, their individual stories, and the challenges faced by the staff in providing appropriate treatment and rehabilitation. The actress also witnessed the crucial foot treatment provided to the elephants at the centre. As Disha observed the dedicated team perform their routine check-ups and treatments, she was also informed about the hardships that elephants faced in cruel captivity. The harsh history of rescued elephants moved Disha.

With keen willingness, Disha participated in an activity that was sure to cheer up all resident elephants — she indulged in the chopping of juicy fruits! She did so with expertise and care and was delighted to learn about the dietary needs of pachyderms.

Disha Patani enjoying the activity of chopping fruits for the pachyderms at Elephant Conservation and Care Centre. [Photo credit © Wildlife SOS]

A Visit to ABRF Bearing Love and Care

Disha Patani’s commitment to wildlife conservation extended beyond the elephants! Her next stop was the Agra Bear Rescue Facility (ABRF), where she had the opportunity to meet the staff that works tirelessly to provide a haven for rescued sloth bears. Our team shared enlightening stories and anecdotes about the bears under the care of Wildlife SOS, highlighting the unique personalities and quirks of each individual.

While exploring the facility, Disha noticed the playfulness of the bears, and this captured her attention! From a life of cruelty, these sloth bears are now safe in an environment filled with love and care. Spotting the sloth bears at the centre, Disha was intrigued by the behaviour and habits of bears such as their agile climbing skills, their shared communication, and their deep affection for anything laden with honey! She was fascinated to find out how intelligent and resourceful these incredible bears are as they foraged for treats.

Disha Patani with the entire staff at Agra Bear Rescue Facility. [Photo credit © Wildlife SOS]

Encouraging the Kalandar Community

During her visit, Disha Patani also visited the Wildlife SOS shop, where she discovered a wide range of products made by the Kalandar community. The Kalandar community was once involved in the practice of ‘dancing’ bears for their livelihood, but now, with the support of Wildlife SOS, its members actively participate in crafting unique products as an alternative source of income. By purchasing these handmade items, Disha has shown her support to the Kalandar community and has encouraged sustainable practices.

A Lasting Impression

Leaving the sanctuary with a renewed sense of purpose, Disha Patani carries the memories of her visit deep within her heart. She is determined to continue spreading awareness for wildlife conservation and the urgent need to protect these incredible beings. Her presence at Wildlife SOS serves as a shining example of the power of compassion, reminding us all that together, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of animals, ensuring a brighter future for them and generations to come.

Disha Patani is an animal lover and is determined to spread awareness about the urgent need of wildlife conservation. [Photo credit © Wildlife SOS]

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