India’s first specialized hospital for elephants opened in Mathura

India’s first specialized hospital for elephants was formally opened Churmura village in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh.  It is promoted by Wildlife SOS which had established first elephant conservation and care centre in 2010 and is currently looking after 20 elephants requiring specialised treatment.

Key Facts

The unique medical centre offers wireless digital X-ray, dental X-ray, laser treatment, thermal imaging, ultrasonography, hydrotherapy and quarantine facilities.  The hospital is located close to elephant conservation and care centre. It is designed to treat injured, sick or geriatric elephants. It is equipped with medical hoist for lifting elephants. It also has elephant restraining device with dedicated indoor treatment enclosure for long duration medical procedures. It also has observation deck that allows veterinary students and interns to observe elephants’ behavior.

Wildlife SOS (WSOS)

It is conservation non-profit organisation. It was established in 1995 with primary objective of rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife in distress in country and preserving India’s natural heritage. It is currently one of the largest Wildlife Organisations in South Asia. WSOS is also known for their efforts at rescue and rehabilitation of sloth bears and more recently elephants. It also runs active projects focused on mitigation of human wildlife conflict with regard to species. In addition, its work is also targeted at biodiversity and habitat conservation, awareness workshops and anti-poaching operations, as well as rehabilitation of communities dependent on performing or working animals for their livelihood.




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