Jumbo Jackets for Rescued Elephants to brave the cold!

As a unique first time ever initiative, rescued and handicapped elephants housed at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura are receiving Jumbo Jackets to keep them warm to brave the freezing cold wave in North India!

Rescued elephant Suzy out on a walk wearing her blanketRescued elephant Suzy out on a walk wearing her blanket

Lilly elephant at the WSOS Elepahnt Rescue Center in HaryanaLilly elephant at the WSOS Elepahnt Rescue Center in Haryana

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, January 18, 2017 /India PRwire/ -- As Northern India is subjected to a severe cold wave the Wildlife SOS staff at the Elephant Conservation & Care Center in Mathura have designed and created jumbo sized jackets to ensure that their resident pachyderms are well equipped to be snug and tackle the freezing winter.

The Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center currently is home to 20 rescued elephants who are blind, lame and on the mend. The organisation also runs an Elephant Rehabilitation Centre in Haryana which currently houses 3 female elephants. Rescued from illegal captivity, trafficking mafia, exploited for street begging and circuses where they were abused and subjected to extreme cruelty and decades of suffering, each of these gentle giants have had tragic pasts, several of them being forced to spend a majority of their lives doing hard work in harsh and cruel conditions, which in turn has taken a negative toll on them both physically and psychologically.

Today, under the care and treatment of a dedicated team of veterinarians and elephant care staff of Wildlife SOS, these majestic creatures are adjusting to a life of dignity, freedom and peace, in a place where they can spend their days happily, with frequent baths, a nutritious diet, and good veterinary care.

Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder & CEO of Wildlife SOS said, "It is important to keep our elephants protected from the bitter cold during this extreme winter, as they are weak and vulnerable having suffered so much abuse making them susceptible to ailments such as pneumonia. The cold also aggravates their arthritis which is a common issue that our rescued elephants have to deal with."

Geeta Seshamani, Secretary and co-founder Wildlife SOS said, "The rescued elephants under rehabilitation at Wildlife SOS have been rescued from shocking circumstances. We aim to provide them with a safe habitat where they can live like elephants."

Wildlife SOS encourages people to make donations to Wildlife SOS website: https://give.wildlifesos.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1971&ea.campaign.id=52550

Notes to Editor

About Wildlife SOS

A Non-Profit Organization, Wildlife SOS is one of the largest rescue & conservation charities in South Asia. They operate ten wildlife rehabilitation facilities across India, including the world's largest Sloth Bear Rescue Centre and two Elephant Care Centres, with 23 rescued elephants under their care. Wildlife SOS runs tribal rehabilitation projects that aim to create alternative livelihoods for poachers and other indigenous communities that used to exploit wildlife for livelihoods. Additionally, they run a leopard rescue centre, a Wildlife Hotline in New Delhi and 'Forest Watch' which is an anti-poaching wildlife crime enforcement unit.


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