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Raju's health status 6 months after rescue

It has been almost 6 months since you made it possible for us to rescue Raju. We wanted to give you an update on how he is doing.  

Many of the dozens of wounds that were covering his body have healed. He still has a large one on his front leg that has not completely healed, but has closed about 50%.  

Three Large Python Snakes Rescued In Last One Week In The Capital

by- Suvidha Bhatnagar

The sighting of a giant python at the DND Flyover brought traffic there to a halt. There was mayhem after the unusually large reptile was spotted on the bridge. The Wildlife SOS 24 hour rescue helpline 9871963535 was flooded with "distress calls" this week. In this week alone, Wildlife SOS came to the aid of three giant Pythons ranging between 8 to 12 feet. In the most recent incident on December 17th, a python was spotted on the DND flyover. The well-trained team from the Wildlife SOS, managed to restrain the giant snake, which weighed close to 23 kg. Read more »

Raju to Remain Free!

RajuWhen Raju was rescued in July, 2014, his story caught fire and was covered by major news outlets around the world. After 50 years of brutality, and as many as 27 "owners", Raju was finally free. 

But then, just a few short months later, the man from whom we had taken Raju, Mr. Shahid, filed court papers in an attempt to get him back. We were determined to never let that happen. The public agreed, and hundreds of thousands of people signed a petition requesting that he stay safe with us at Wildlife SOS.

Now, we are thrilled to report that Raju will remain free! After multiple postponements, Raju's case was finally heard earlier this week, and the judge ruled in our favor. Read more »

Rescuing India's 67 Remaining Circus Elephants

circus elephant shackledPRESS RELEASE

After eradicating the brutal, centuries-old practice of dancing bears in India, Wildlife SOS is now ready to take the first steps toward rescuing all of the remaining 67 circus elephants in India, in partnership with the Government. 

In the first phase of this campaign, Wildlife SOS plans to facilitate the rescue of 17 elephants.  Read more »

Meet Ashish

Ashish Batura has been a dedicated and invaluable member of the Wildlife SOS team since 2008.  Recently, he relocated to Haryana where he has become the Coordinating Officer for the Elephant Rehabilitation Center.  We recently sat down with him to find out more about his personal experiences working for Wildlife SOS and his work with the elephants.

What is the best part of your job?

Ashish:  I love being in nature.  So much of what I have learned here I could never learn from books.  Everyday, there is something new to learn and I feel proud of what I am doing to help.

What have you learned about elephants since taking on this position? Read more »

Tech Mahindra Volunteered At Wildlife SOS's Banerghatta Bear Rescue Center

On 1st November 2014, the Bangalore Bear Rescue Center was buzzing with volunteers from Tech Mahindra, Bangalore. The enthusiastic team of 23 individuals helped our Bangalore team digitize individual files for the bears, which would enable our veterinary staff to gain easier and more systematic access to their information. 

Newest Member Of The Wildlife SOS Family, Lilly!

By Roohi Sahay

Following the iconic midnight rescue operation of ‘Raju’ Elephant, carried out by Delhi based NGO - Wildlife SOS, it was now Lilly’s turn for freedom, a 35 years old female elephant who was freed from her shackles by a team from Wildlife SOS and the Haryana Forest Department. Read more »

Eight foot Python snake joins Chhath Puja prayers on Yamuna bank

The sighting of a large eight foot long python snake on the yamuna river banks where the chhath puja rituals are performed by thousands of devotees caused mayhem. Wildlife SOS was contacted and the snake was rescued safely. Read more »