Forest Department and Wildlife SOS Organise Training Workshops For Elephant Owners in Humane Elephant Care to Improve Welfare & Management Standards

In a revolutionary move to address the plight of captive elephants in Jaipur, the Rajasthan Chief Wildlife Warden Dr G V Reddy invited Wildlife SOS to organise a series of training workshops on Elephant Care and Management to sensitize elephant owners and keepers (mahouts) in Jaipur.

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Wildlife SOS & Jaipur Forest Dept. host workshop for elephant ownersWildlife SOS & Jaipur Forest Dept. host workshop for elephant owners

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Jaipur, Rajasthan, January 25, 2017 /India PRwire/ -- The training workshop organised by the Forest Department and Wildlife SOS is the first of a series of workshops in which Wildlife SOS elephant care experts and veterinarians from the Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura will conduct extensive training and sensitization for elephant owners and keepers (mahouts).

Wildlife SOS currently cares for 23 elephants at its rescue centres where specialised veterinary care equipment is available for the medical care of elephants in distress. Additionally Wildlife SOS is working with several states across India addressing medical problems, welfare concerns and management issues of elephants. Wildlife SOS uses a holistic approach by working with elephant owners and mahouts to create capacity for achieving better elephant care under the guidance of the Forest Department.

The Elephant Care Workshop on 23 January 2017 was conducted at the Nahargarh Biological Park and featured interactive discussions conducted by the Senior Elephant Veterinarians from Wildlife SOS - Dr Ilayaraja, Dr Yaduraj and Dr Akshay. This was combined with practical demonstrations on key areas of medical intervention like foot care, wound management, vaccinations, preventive care etc. The workshop was a success with nearly 75 elephant owners and mahouts in attendance. DFO Jaipur Zoo - Mr Vijay Prakash Gupta and ACF Naharagarh - Mr Jagdish Chand Gupta inaugurated the workshop. Zoo Veterinarians - Dr Mathur and Dr Ashok Tanwar also participated in the day long workshop.

Dr G V Reddy, Chief Wildlife Warden of Rajasthan said, "Our focus is to ensure that the elephants receive better care. The Forest Department invited Wildlife SOS to carry out assessment of the Elephant Village with an intention to improve the conditions for the elephants and organise a series of workshops on healthcare and management of elephants".

Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS, said "We are grateful to the Rajasthan Forest Department for inviting Wildlife SOS to help improve the living conditions of Jaipur's elephants. We are committed to the elephants in Jaipur and will do everything we can to help."

Dr Yaduraj Khadpekar, Senior Veterinary Officer and officer in charge of the Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura said "Many aspects of veterinary care in elephants are often overlooked or neglected, and can become fatal to the overall long-term health of the elephants."

Shyam Gupta Elephant Owner from Jaipur said "We appreciate the efforts of the Forest Department and Wildlife SOS to teach us important health aspects of elephant care. If we are taught how to look after the elephants better, we will provide better care to them."

Rhea Lopez, Elephant Campaign manager of Wildlife SOS said "It was an enriching experience to see elephant owners show great interest in learning about elephant care from our experts."

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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