Raju rescue team comes to Sydney
Raju the elephant, who cried when he was rescued by Wildlife SOS after fifty years in shackles, is now in the midst of a legal battle. Wildlife SOS is currently providing care for Raju at their Elephant Conservation Care Centre in India and its founders, Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani, are waging a battle in the courts to protect Raju and prevent his previous custodian taking him back to a life of chains.
Wildlife SOS is partnering with Humane Society International (HSI) Australia to raise support to provide ongoing treatment and care for Raju and create awareness about Indian elephants. As a result, Kartick and Geeta will be in Sydney this week for meetings with the Directors of HSI Australia to discuss the long term strategy to provide care for Raju and other elephants like him.
HSI Director Verna Simpson says, “We are delighted that our Indian partners Wildlife SOS have achieved this huge victory for elephants by rescuing Raju. We will be discussing long term strategies with Wildlife SOS that are aimed at helping the future of Indian elephants. We would be happy to arrange meetings with any press / media or conservation groups who want to speak with our partners from India about Raju, and their efforts to protect elephants in India.”
Geeta Seshamani Wildlife SOS founder says, “All of us at Wildlife SOS are grateful for the support from Australia. We hope to keep all of you updated on our efforts to protect him and other elephants. We have partnered with HSI Australia for almost a decade on anti-poaching efforts, conservation and protection of leopards, bears and more recently for the protection of elephants in India.”