Help rehabilitate 9 elephant babies in India

by Wildlife Trust of India
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Help rehabilitate 9 elephant babies in India
Help rehabilitate 9 elephant babies in India
Help rehabilitate 9 elephant babies in India
Help rehabilitate 9 elephant babies in India
Help rehabilitate 9 elephant babies in India
Help rehabilitate 9 elephant babies in India
Help rehabilitate 9 elephant babies in India
Help rehabilitate 9 elephant babies in India
Help rehabilitate 9 elephant babies in India

Hello and greetings from Wildlife Trust of India!

Hope you are doing great.

With this email we are sharing an update for our appeal ‘Help Rehabilitate 9 elephant babies in India’ which we have put up on GlobalGiving. You chose to donate for the project for which we are so grateful. With your generous support, we have been able to provide adequate nutrition to the elephant calves currently rehabilitating at our Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) in Assam, India. Your contribution makes a world of a difference in giving a second chance at life to these orphaned calves.

You would be glad to know that all the elephant young ones under care at CWRC are doing great! They are all on-course for returning to their life in the wild as free elephants. In this beautiful journey they develop their natural skills, learn to socialize with other calves, go on daily walks into the forest with their animal keepers to prepare for their true home in the wilderness.

One of the key elements in nurturing and rehabilitating an orphaned elephant calf is the elephant milk. The composition of elephant milk is known to vary throughout the lactation period of the mother. There are four phases of lactation – 1) Very early lactation (from birth to colostrum-based milk); 2) Early lactation (up to 12 months); 3) Mid-lactation (12-18 months); and 4) Late lactation (from 18 months to weaning age). Overall, the fat, protein and energy content, along with certain macro nutrients (Calcium and Phosphorous) increase throughout the lactation period; while sugar and carbohydrate concentrations gradually decrease.

For a successful rehabilitation and to keep the calves healthy, it is essential to ensure optimum milk composition as per age. We are doing so for the elephant calves aged between 2 years (the eldest calf) and four months (the youngest one). 

In the absence of ready-made artificial elephant milk formula, human infant milk formula - ‘Lactogen 2’ or freeze dried skimmed milk powder are used as base for feeding rescued elephant calves. The latter is more suited as it takes care of the fat content in the milk, which is further fortified with vegetable fat ingredients like coconut milk powder, and protein sources like crushed Soyabean or chickpea flour.

In the first 24 hours of admission to the centre only electrolyte formula is fed. Once the calf learns to suckle from the feeding bottle, artificial elephant milk is introduced with a much weaker concentration initially. Probiotics dominating lactobacillus is introduced on the second day for better digestion and assimilation.

We introduce food concentrates from the age of 12 months till the age of 36 months. Short grass species to nibble on are tried at the age of 6 months…

The update above was to give you a brief on some of the aspects of elephant diet. We hope that you liked reading it and found it informative. We will soon be back with more updates from CWRC. Till then, take care!

Warm regards and a very happy new year to you!

Team WTI

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At CWRC: Kunti the eldest one is the group lead
At CWRC: Kunti the eldest one is the group lead

Greetings from Wildlife Trust of India!

Thank you so much for making a donation to our project ‘Orphaned but not alone’. Your support is highly valued as it helped us take good care of the orphaned elephant calves undergoing rehabilitation at our Centre for Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation (CWRC) in Assam. Here’s an update on Dhola and his friends at CWRC. 

Dhola was just 3 months old when he was first admitted to CWRC after he lost his mother to electrocution. But today, he is one year and one month old! He is doing great and so are the other elephant calves at the centre. At present we have five elephant calves undergoing rehabilitation. The eldest one is a female named Kunti and she is 1 year and 10 months old. We also have Taiwan, Sukani, Sadia and Dhola (who is the youngest of the lot). It will be a few more years of fostering and care until the calves are ready to be sent back to the wild.

Recently there was an EEHV (Elephant Endotheliotropic herpesvirus) outbreak, a viral disease, and all the calves tested positive for the symptoms. But with continuous treatment and monitoring all the five calves have recovered well.

Also, other than the five calves who are there at the centre, four were translocated to the Manas National Park for a soft release in the reporting period. They are accompanied by two skilled animal keepers who will monitor the calves as they acclimatize for a life in the wild before being completely free.

The Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), is the only facility in India where orphaned and injured animals are treated, hand raised and eventually released back to the wild. CWRC has attended to over 7300 cases in the last 20 years of its establishment and released back approximately 65% of the rescued animals successfully to their natural habitat.

That’s all for today’s updates on Dhola and his friends. We will keep you posted with more information on their progress and wellbeing. Till then, take care.

Warm Regards,

Team WTI

At Manas National Park: Radio collared calves
At Manas National Park: Radio collared calves
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Dhola with his friends, Sadiya and Dharam.
Dhola with his friends, Sadiya and Dharam.

Greetings from Wildlife Trust of India!

Hope you are doing great.

We are back with the updates on our project ‘Orphaned but not alone’, which you so generously chose to donate for.

Thank you so much for your kind donation and for believing in our work. It is through your support that we are able to work towards our vision of a secure natural heritage of India.

Last year, in October we received an orphaned baby elephant (Dhola) whose mother tragically died of electrocution. At WTIs Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), we often receive elephant calves that have either separated from their herd, with no scope of a reunion, or their mothers have died, either due to poaching or conflict with humans.

The elephant babies are admitted to CWRC and given a second chance at life. They are rehabilitated, nurtured, and prepared for a life back into the wild, where they belong. It gives us immense happiness when these rehabilitated elephant babies are sent back and are seen joining wild herds and sometimes birthing their own calves in the wild!

‘Dhola’ and 7 other elephant babies are currently undergoing the same process at the center. It is long haul as these orphaned babies will take at least 3-4 years to learn to start a new life, form new alliances and become self-reliant.

We have overcome the initial challenge to take Dhola out of the trauma and the extreme stress of losing his mother. When we found Dhola, he was emaciated, dehydrated and all alone. But after 6 months of admission, he has become all playful, gained weight and made friends with two other calves, baby Sadiya and baby Dharam of his batch. The trio is often seen together, nibbling on grass, taking mud-baths and just chilling around inside the large paddock. Dhola seems to be relatively shy but has also grown to be the favourite kid for the older elephants of the batch.

We are so happy to share that he is doing well. And all this could be made possible through your kind support. We urge you to please share this appeal with your friends and family and shower Dhola and all the elephant calves at CWRC with lots of love.

We will soon be back with more updates. Till then, take care!

Warm regards,

Team WTI

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Wildlife Trust of India

Location: Noida, Uttar Pradesh - India
Project Leader:
Monica Verma
Noida, Uttar Pradesh India
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