Wildelife SOS Elephant and Bear Rescue - Mathura/Agra

#1 May 17th, 2016, 00:06
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In March of 2016 we visited both the elephant and bear rescue facilities near Agra. We did the one day tour of each place.
If you are not familiar with this organization here is a link to their website...
http://wildlifesos.org
At the elephant rescue center we were able to meet the elephants (females only as the males were in musth), walk with them in the field, feed them, and bathe them. It was an amazing experience to get up close and to touch these gentle giants. You will get dirty and wet here, so dress accordingly.
The bear's story starts for us in 2002. When we visited the area then we saw many children with these so-called "dancing" bears along the roads. It was a very sad and upsetting thing to see, both for the plight of the bears and the ignorance of the children. Since that time, Wildlife SOS has succeeded in getting all the bears off the streets and to a place where they can live out their lives secure, happy, and free from abuse. Wildlife SOS also sets up the bears former keepers with alternative occupations.
Educational video presentations and a lite vegetarian lunch were also provided.
It is important to note that although this is definitely an enjoyable experience, these facilities are refuges and sanctuaries, not zoos or amusement parks. Have fun but go there to learn and to further your appreciation of the animals.
The address for the elephant center is listed as Mathura, but is actually near Agra. Both places can be a bit tricky to locate but I think most drivers and hotels can help with that.
#2 May 17th, 2016, 00:20
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how nice! I am planning to visit on my next trip. I have followed their stories closely as I've raised money for them.
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#3 May 17th, 2016, 01:08
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Thank you, India Edge! Definitely planning a visit there as well. As I've said earlier, I intend to use the tour operator that is connected with Wildlife SOS and sponsors them, so finding the location will surely not be a problem.

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