Ours is a country where elephants are supposedly revered and celebrated. But the reality is that the mahout you see sitting on top of the elephant first had to tame her, which meant locking her up in chains, abusing her and torturing her until the beautiful animal breaks and submits. This is when she will be considered "safe" enough to be around humans. However, her natural habitat where she is happiest, is the wild, where she can be with her family.
Taming elephants for tourism is rampant across India. Wildlife SOS works to rescue and rehabilitate elephants from circuses, tourists spots and more. They transport them safely to their Elephant Care and Conservation Centre, Mathura (Uttar Pradesh, India) which they established in 2010 in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department. At ECCC, they are truly treated with love and respect, and given the quality veterinary care they need after suffering years of torture. ECCC currently houses 20 elephants, who have lots of open space, natural vegetation, ample nutritious food and large pools where they can bathe happily. Here, they no longer have to carry heavy loads. They have no chains on their feet.
This is Chanda, a mother and a matriarch. But before she was rescued, she was simple known as "Elephant number 112" and was used as an amusement ride for over 20 hours a day, hauling tourists in Jaipur. When Wildlife SOS managed to rescue her, she had cracked toenails, was severely dehydrated and bewildered.
This is Peanut, who is 6 years old, and the youngest elephant ever rescued by Wildlife SOS (so far!) This orphaned baby would never have known the joys of being in her natural habitat if she hadn’t been rescued from the circus was in. Today, Peanut is a delight to watch as she runs around following the other big elephants at the facility, occasionally poking them playfully with her trunk. Peanut is happiest when splashing about in the pool or munching on her favorite snacks.
There are thousands of elephants like Chanda and Peanut out there, who know no other life than one of torture and abuse. Together, we can Wildlife SOS rescue more of these beautiful animals from across the country and provide them with the nutrition and veterinary care they need!
We've highlighted the costs involved below. Any amount you can spare will be much appreciated!
A donation of Rs. 5,000 can pay for enough medication for one elephant.
A donation of Rs 10,000 can feed one elephant for a week.
A donation of Rs 30,000 can help rescue and transport one elephant to ECCC.