"To provide a loving, safe and secure environment for the well being of elephants where they are free to roam, socialize, bathe and feed without undue human interference as nature intended."
Reason For Existence
After visiting many places and seeing the pitiful conditions captive elephants were existing in, Dr.Supraja Dharini (TREE Foundation) and Ms. Suparna Ganguly and Dr. Shiela Rao ( WRRC) realized that no amount of report writing and documenting the deplorable conditions would improve the lives of these elephants. Together, with the support of TREE Foundation and WRRC, they set about finding a way to create a better, brighter alternative life for them. It became clear that the only solution would be to establish a dedicated and specialized care facility for these elephants where they could slowly recover from years of captivity and, in many cases, neglect.
The seven founding freedoms of the Elefriends101 Elephant Care facility are,
To move around without shackles/chains or ropes in a natural, protected, semi-wild space
To sleep, walk, play or bathe under benevolent human monitoring and presence
To play with water or indulge in dust-baths and other normal behavior
From fear of emotional or physical pain and distress
To indulge in natural social interactions
From hunger, malnutrition or thirst
From injury and disease.
As elephant numbers, both African and Asian, continue to decline, it is imperative that we strive to take care and ensure the wellbeing of those who remain. As more temples are coming to see the benefits of granting the elephants freedom after a life of servitude to humans we expect the Elephant Care Facility to grow in the future to accommodate many more deserving elephants. We hope you will join us on this journey.
Founded in October 2002 by Dr. Supraja Dharini, the TREE Foundation -Trust for Environment and Education, Conservation and Community Development has dedicated itself to the protection of all life through community participation and ongoing educational programs that reach all levels of society. Creating attitudinal change among an ever growing human population is the only way to ensure a peaceful coexistence with all the other life forms we share the planet with. Inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, TREE Foundation has been at the forefront of animal welfare for almost 15 years and also operates the only sea turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in the state. The foundation is also recognized by the Animal Welfare Board of India.
The Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre (WRRC) was registered in July 1999 as a public charitable Trust for the conservation and welfare of wildlife in urban and rural areas around Bangalore, India. WRRC was set up by the trustees of Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA), in response to a keenly felt need: to provide relief to wild animals, birds and reptiles; including medical treatment and housing; as well as to handle cases of cruelty involving these animals. Wild animals are injured, abused and illegally traded; and concerned members of the public have few options for their treatment and housing. Expertise in their management and rehabilitation is also rare.