India’s first and only Elephant Conservation and Care Centre (ECCC) was established in 2010 in the district of Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department. The primary objective behind establishing the centre was to rehabilitate severely abused and exploited elephants. The ECCC is now home to over 30 rescued elephants and is a living, breathing conservation education platform to change public perception to support elephant conservation. All elephants at ECCC were rescued from extreme distress. Some were privately owned and had a cruel history of being used for begging, while others spent a lifetime in captivity and confinement as temple elephants or were being coerced to perform in circuses.

No longer forced to bear heavy loads, or walk on hot pavements, these majestic creatures are finally able to spend their days happily, with frequent baths, a nutritious diet, and good veterinary care. The centre is full of natural vegetation with enough open fields around for their daily walks and several trees to scratch themselves against, thus making it closest to the natural habitat of the elephants. Water pools have been provided to the elephants with free access for them to bathe and play in the water.

The ECCC is bordered by the river Yamuna and surrounded by farmland. A 10-minute walk through a lush green field leads our elephants to the river where they enjoy taking long and relaxing dips!

 

Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, Agra Mathura Road, NH2, Ghari Churmura, Farah, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh-281122 (Landmark- Near Sachdeva Institute of Technology)

 

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