The TrickyScribe: India is a land of contradictions. While elephants are considered sacred and are worshipped, on one hand, there are psychopaths who subject them to inhuman and cruel practices. They’re chained and beaten mercilessly during the course of their training for that makes them fit for being used as a “source of entertainment” in parades and safaris, where they are burdened with heavy loads and deprived of their natural habitat.
Armed with a team of 16 subject matter experts including veterinarians, wildlife biologists and researchers, Wildlife SOS is an organization that works towards rescue and rehabilitation of elephants where their mission is to provide them with natural vegetation, nutritional food and large pools to bathe. Their pursuit of saving elephants made them come across many instances potent enough of melting hearts. Click here to donate now!
Animals rescued from severe conditions suffer from physical and psychological trauma as well as chronic medical problems which require lifetime treatment. Sloth bears rescued from the dancing bear trade, for instance, face mutilation, with their teeth removed and muzzles pierced by hot iron pokers without any anesthesia.
Elephants, on the other hand, suffer from painful abscesses, arthritis and even forced blindness by their former guardians. Years of walking on hot metal roads leads some of them to severe foot ailments including worn out foot pads, overgrown nails and cuticles.
Wildlife SOS is currently embarked on a journey to rescue the elephants and they’re actively operational in Elephant Conservation & Care Centre, Mathura, Elephant Rehabilitation Center, Ban Santour, Haryana, Agra Bear Rescue Facility, Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Centre, Bengaluru, Van Vihar Bear Rescue Facility, Purulia Bear Rescue Centre, Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre, Pahalgam Rescue Centre (for Asiatic Black Bears & Himalayan Brown Bears), Dachigam Rescue Centre (for Asiatic Black Bears & Himalayan Brown Bears), Wildlife Rescue Centre, Gurgaon, Haryana, and Human Primate Conflict Mitigation Centre in Farah, Uttar Pradesh.
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This requires a lot of fiscal muscles and here comes technology into the picture. Fundraisers are on! Talking to The TrickyScribe, COO & Co-Founder, ImpactGuru.com, Khushboo Jain asserted being cause-agnostic and said wildlife needs a voice. She said the standalone objective of this fundraiser was not just to raise funds for them but also to raise awareness about their rights and our responsibilities.
Khushboo extended her gratitude to the 95 donors who came out of the inertia and supported Wildlife SOS in their bid to rescuing and rehabilitating the tortured elephants. Nothing can beat the feeling of gratitude when your business has impacted not just humans alone but also animals, she said. Click here to donate now!
CEO & Co-Founder, Wildlife SOS, Kartick Satyanarayan, said, “The animals residing at our centers are mostly unfit for release into the wild as they have been brought up in a captive environment and have grown dependent on humans for survival. Moreover, they suffer from severe physical and psychological trauma and chronic medical problems which require lifetime treatment. Some have also been rescued from human-wildlife conflict situations.”
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Elaborating on the rescue helplines run by Wildlife SOS, Kartick said rescue helplines are operational in Agra, Delhi and Vadodara round the clock attending to distress calls from public, police, animal lovers and like-minded organizations.
Replying to a query on the standard operating procedure followed in rescues, Kartick said the animals receive veterinary treatment in case required before being released back into wild. For this, the arrangements are made and proper permissions are acquired from the concerned authorities to release the animals into a suitable habitat. The release is done in the presence of representatives of the authorities concerned.
Injured or orphaned animals that cannot be released are given refuge at our rescue centres depending on the closest facility where their dietary requirements are met meticulously and give them adequate nutrient supplements to help regain their strength, said Kartick.