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!