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Help Us Free The Elephants- Mala & Shyla

We are running this campaign, as an extremely urgent appeal to help us to rescue two very ill and unhappy elephants, Mala & Shyla (names changed to protect their identity till the rescue process is completed)

They are suffering in the most unbearable conditions and displaying horrific signs of continuous abuse and exploitation. 
1) Stereotypical behaviour (These are repetitive behaviour patterns, such as continuous swaying of the head, banging the head against a wall, swaying of the body, which are indicative of deep psychological trauma) 
2) Severe foot rot
3) Digestive diseases due to poor and inadequate nutrition 

They are chained on concrete floors, used for commercial purposes, devoid of any natural environment or interaction with other elephants. They have each, lived like this, in total misery and isolation for decades.

But we say ‘No More’! With your help, we can bring them home, help them settle into our existing elephant family and give them a chance to live out the remainder of their lives in peace, without chains!

We cannot divulge their names or location at present, as many seek to oppose our rescue efforts, as they would lose the opportunity to continue exploiting these animals for commercial gain. We would not like to jeopardise our efforts to bring these elephants out of commercial captivity and relocate them to our Elephant Care Facilities, as we are in the initial stage of beginning actions to rescue these animals, working in close cooperation with the Animal Welfare Board of India, Forest Department and the institutions who are holding these animals. 

All our five rescued elephants have been handed over  voluntarily, by the very institutions that held them captive. This was due to active dialogue and engagement with the custodians helping them understand, that life in chains , alone and ill,  is no life at all for a majestic, social and highly intelligent species, like an Elephant! Though time-consuming, we value this approach, because it helps bring about positive changes.

We need financial support to make site visits, appeal to the authorities, conduct inspections, build infrastructure for them at our rescue facilities, grow fodder, hire staff, organize veterinary and behavioural care and rehabilitation.

While the road ahead is hard and may take months, before we can bring these two elephants home and change their lives for the better; we are confident that with your support, we can do it!

Won’t you reach out and help them? They have no one but us in their corner, right now, let’s show them, that there is a whole family waiting out there to help them, love them and support them! 

Please visit our website – to know more about our Captive Elephant Programme.

Budget for 1 year - INR (For two elephants)
  • Site Visits – 50,000/-
  • Enclosure Restructuring - 3,61,000/-
  • Mahout Cost – 5,00,000/-
  • Advocacy Actions – 1,00,000/-
  • Food & Veterinary Care – 4,89,000/-

 Does any elephant deserve to live behind bars?

Help us save them from this miserable life in chains !
Help us take their misery and pain away forever! 
Ask for an update
4th March 2018
Dear Donors,

We write to share some exciting news on Shyla (whose real name we can now reveal is Gowri) ! We would like to inform you that the Najangud Temple in Karnataka, has given up Gowri to us for a period of 3 months for medical care and treatment.

This is after a lot of complaints and pressure we have put on the State Forest Department to act. Gowri was paraded in the streets and has all the associated problems with commercial captivity.

We are trying to convince the State Departments and the Temple, that the best course of action is for her to be retired and allowed to reside permanently at our Elephant Care Facility, where she will not have to work.

Aneesha, the elephant rescued from a life as a logging elephant, is already housed at our Malur facility, and she has been delighted finally to have an elephant friend in the form of Gowri.

The funds we raised through your kind support, will at present be used for Gowri, since she is already in our custody as of yesterday. For Mala, we are continuing to advocate for her release but both the state departments and temple is yet to respond.

We encourage you to visit our Malur Elephant Care Facility in Karnataka, and meet both Gowri and Aneesha, whose care , your kind contributions are supporting.

We thank you for remaining patient and for your continuous encouragement and we hope to have good news for you very soon , regarding Mala as well.

For now, here's a lovely picture of Aneesha and Gowri meeting for the first time.

Thank You

raised of Rs.1,500,000 goal

140 Supporters

Beneficiary: Wildlife Rescue... info_outline
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Supporters (140)

S. donated Rs.2,500
8 months ago

Please keep me up dated about the elephants.

Elke donated US $30
8 months ago

To help release elephants from chains

Joanna donated US $25
8 months ago

I think that what you are doing is great. I wish you every success in rescuing Mala & Shyla.

Anonymous donated Rs.2,000
8 months ago

Save the two elephants

Iris donated US $30
9 months ago

I hope these elephants will be free!

Parthasaradhi donated US $25
9 months ago