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RAJU FREED AFTER 50 YEARS IN CHAINS

by- Suvidha Bhatnagar

After fifty long years of being chained and leading a life of suffering, Raju was freed in the early hours of the morning on 4th July 2014 by Wildlife SOS, a Delhi based NGO. For the first time after five decades, he is having his first day of freedom. It is an interesting coincidence that 4th July happens to be America’s independence day! Read more »

Raju's Journey to Freedom- A Photo Journal

We don't have a lot of information about Raju's earlier life.  We believe he was probably born in the wild almost 50 years ago and when he was just a baby, caught and sent to live his life as a working elephant.  He has spent almost 50 years in chains and most likely would have died never known freedom.  However, on July 4th, Raju took his first steps as a 'free' elephant because of your support.  Below is a photojournal of his journey to freedom. Read more »

Remembering Bijli

It has been one year since Bijli passed.  Although she was in our life for a short time, she will always be remembered for her great courage and inspiring us to be more determined to help others like her.  Read more »

The cost of rescuing and caring for an elephant

We are often asked the question of why it costs so much to rescue an elephant.  The above before and after photo of Bhola is a good visual of the difference we can make when we do it right.  In order to provide the proper rehabilitation, it takes a signficant financial investment.  There are other organizations that 'rescue' elephants and keep the elephants on chains for a big portion of their lives.  We do not.  Read more »

Raju awaits freedom

We have some great news, there is now a court order that is allowing for us to finally rescue an elephant by the name of Raju.  We need your help to raise the funds to take care of rescuing him and providing him with the intense rehabilitation and care he will need.

Here is a little bit of information about him.  Raju is approximately 45-50 years old.  He has spent decades being beaten and chained.  Currently, he is shackled and has deep scars from spending years tethered by tightly wrapped chains. Read more »

Laxmi at risk

Laxmi is an elephant that was rescued by Wildlife SOS in July of 2013.  She came to us morbidly obese and with medical issues resulting from years of neglect and mistreatment.  We have worked hard to help Laxmi recover from the many problems that were ailing her.  Some of her medical conditions will never heal.  Now, after Laxmi has adjusted to her new home where she has the freedom she deserves, her owners want her back.  They have found a loophole with the orders to move her to our facility and they are using it to try and get her returned.  We are asking people to help us prevent this by signing our petition. Read more »

Inspiring Youth !

by- Suvidha Bhatnagar

A team of 23 students from UNC Kenan- Flagler business school (United States) visited Wildlife SOS's Elephant Conservation and Care Center(ECCC), Uttar Pradesh as a part of their educational tour this month. Mr Baiju Raj M.V. who is a wildlife biologist and works as a Director- Administration at Wildlife SOS's Agra Bear Rescue Facility gave a presentation about the elephants rescued by Wildlife SOS.

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Elephants today have no place to hide

Recently, Wildlife SOS had a blog posted in the Huffington Post on the topic that raises the question, is there any safe place for elephants left in the world?  Here is an exerpt from the article:

By Georja Umano

"Today the world has grown smaller; the human population is expanding and exploding, and the elephants and their ancestral homelands are being systematically disregarded, discarded and destroyed. Read more »

Singapore Hosts Art Exhibition Featuring Works of Rescued elephant 'Phoolkali' and Artist Alpana Ahuja

Her Excellency Vijay Thakur Singh lighting the lamp at the exhibition's opening ceremony Read more »

Chain-free, finally

By Amanjeet Kaur

Captive elephants in India have a cruel history of being used for begging,  held in temples for 'blessings' or forced to perform in circuses.  Wildlife SOS is trying to improve the situation for these elephants by helping injured and sick elephants that are forced to work in oppressive conditions.  Wildlife SOS currently runs two Elephant Conservation and Care Centers, one in Uttar Pradesh and the other in Haryana.  These centers not only provide elephants with the greatest of care, but they are the first to be 'chain-free rescue centers.  This makes us the first rescue centre in the country to do this.  Read more »

Chanchal- the water baby

By Steffi Joseph

Playful as ever, Chanchal has lived up to her name with her daily antics, winning hearts every day.  Our 17- year old is a water baby and spends much time rolling in the pond.Her name is just enough to bring a grin on the face of our vets and mahouts. Read more »

Bhola continues to inspire

By Resham Beri Read more »

Chanchal's Delhi Belly

By Resham Beri,

Chanchal, one of our rescued elephants  is currently under going treatment for a digestive disorder.   We began to worry about her well being yesterday morning when she was uncharacteristically disinterested in food.    When she continued to reject fruits and other food throughout the day, the concern for her health escalated. Read more »

Laxmi- Two months after her rescue

By Resham Beri

Laxmi, who was rescued by Wildlife in July 2013 from Mumbai, is now well settled in at the Elephant Rescue Center in Mathura,  She is a playful pachyderm and her health is improving.  She absolutely loves food and enjoys eating a variety of fruits.  Apples appear to be her favorite.  She tends to be a little territorial about her food and does not like the other elephants eyeing her food.  This can be a source of conflict between her and Maya and Chanchal. Read more »

A New Life for Lakshmi

By Resham Beri Read more »

The Race to Save Bijlee

Yes Banks says, "Yes to elephants"

 By Jordan Schaul Read more »