With each elephant rescue, we have observed a disturbing pattern in captive elephants- their bodies are weakened due to improper nutrition, their delicate feet are riddled with wounds, and they are socially isolated and psychologically depressed. Even after rehabilitation, these elephants remain completely dependent on humans for their day-to-day survival. A dedicated team of veterinarians and trained staff works round the clock to cater to the needs of our rescued elephants and to reassure them that they are at a safe place.
Slowly as an organization we have evolved in our understanding of physiological and psychological issues faced by elephants in captivity. Through this we have stitched together important pieces for lifelong elephant care by learning new veterinary techniques and keeping up with new developments.
In keeping with the organizations’ objectives to rescue and rehabilitate elephants from abuse and captivity and provide them with the best quality medical care available, Wildlife SOS constructed the country’s first hospital specially designed to treat injured, sick or geriatric elephants. The Hospital is equipped to test and diagnose elephants for a host of diseases and pathogens with an inbuilt path lab, deal with emergency situations with a hoist and support structure, and quarantine the elephant for required durations to avoid the spread of diseases. Regular veterinary check ups are enabled through the weighing scale and treatment pen, along with space to treat an elephant for longer durations if needed.
The Hospital design accounts for space for the veterinary team to store medicine and critical equipment including portable x-rays, ultrasound machine, foot care tools etc. as well as a room for staff to stay in overnight for observation and keeping an eye on the elephant. To further allow the spread of information on the humane care of elephants as being provided in the hospital and the rescue centre, the Hospital also has an interpretation centre and observation window for visiting veterinarians, biologists and elephant caretakers from around the world to observe and learn about veterinary care for captive elephants.
We believe that this hospital will not only help us take better care of our resident elephants and the others that may come, it will also help us expand our knowledge about veterinary and behavioral science of Asian elephants to share with other practitioners worldwide. We hope that through the dedicated treatments, we will be able to identify and develop a model for management of Asian elephants in captivity across the world.
|Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital, Ghari Churmura, Farah, Uttar Pradesh 281122|