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Confessions of a Humane Educator

By Richie Chiger 

More Delays in Raju's Court Case

We just wanted to share with you that Raju's court case has now been delayed until October 27.  There isn't any stated reason for the delay.  We will be ready when the case is finally heard.  Thank you for your support.

Raju's Life After Rescue

For Raju, a new life of freedom began after 50 years of cruelty, when he was rescued by Wildlife SOS and brought to the Elephant Conservation and Care Center, Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. Initially shy and weak, it took him a few weeks to familiarize himself with the surroundings and realize that he could roam around free without spiked anklets around his legs.

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Helping Lilly

WE just got word that there is an elephant by the name of Lilly that needs our help .  She has been confiscated by the forest department.  We don't know a lot about her right now.  We do know that she is about 35 years old and she has been exploited as a begging elephant.  The person who had illegal posession of her has apparently confessed to illegally keeping her and he is now in jail  We are grateful to the forest department for their work in enforcing the Elephant Welfare Law.   We are currently raising the funds necessary to shift her to our facility and begin her rehab process.  More information on Lilly is soon to follow.

Raju's court case delayed

For those of you awaiting news and the outcome for Raju's court case, please note that his case is now scheduled to be heard September 22.  We will post immediately following the court hearing.  Thank you to everybody who is writing to us expressing your love and concern for Raju.  We are ready and confident that we will win.  

Your Pet Can Help Elephants

September 8th thru September 14th Wildlife SOS is working with Whimsical Pet Portraits to raise money to help more elephants as part of our Raju Rescue Fund. You can even have their portrait turned into note cards!

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Press Release: Court Date Is Set for ‘Raju’ the Crying Elephant as Abusive Owner Tries to Take Him Back


 New Delhi, INDIA (September 3, 2014) Chances are you either saw the video or heard the story of Raju the elephant, who was rescued this past July in Uttar Pradesh, India after being held captive for almost 50 years in chains.  A court date has been set for September 11th to decide whether Raju should return back to his owner who abused and tortured him or that he continue to live at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura, India.   Read more »

Helping Raju: The Power of One

Right after Raju's rescue happened, those of us at Wldlife SOS were extremely touched by the overwhelming support that came in from around the world to help Raju. One day in July, somebody started the conversation on Facebook that a benefit concert should happen for Raju.  Barbara immediately jumped into the conversation and offered to make a record for Raju. It has been less then two months, and already she has organized a record that was released on September 1 and is already hitting the top 10 in some countries.