Raju now lives with other ele's in peace and contentment with the Herd of Hope, free from humiliation and pain. Geeta Seshamani, Co-Founder of Wildlife SOS. says, "Raju has formed new friendships, especially with "the munchkin" female elephants Laxmi, Bijli and Chanchal." Steve Koyle, volunteer and elephant keeper says that after being told what to do his entire life, now "he has freedom of choice."
Nikki Sharp, Wildlife SOS-USA, Executive Director, points out that although Raju's story has a happy ending, there are still thousands of Asian elephants chained, abused and in need of rescue. "We want his story to inspire and compel supporters to get involved and help save these amazing and endangered creatures." There are approximately 2,000-3,000 elephants that are chained and abused every day in India.
An elephant whose life hangs in the balance right now is named Mohan. Kate Schnepel, the Director of Communications for Wildlife SOS, says, "the court date for his case is set for July 16. We are hopeful the decision will be in our favor, so we will finally be able to rescue poor Mohan and care for him alongside the other elephants in the Herd of Hope." Here is a petition that you can sign to encourage decision-makers to secure his freedom. He currently has over 200,000 supporters, and would love 100,000 more. Please join Wildlife SOS, and ask the District Magistrate to throw out his owner's case, just as they did in Raju's, Allow Mohan to enjoy the rest of his life in peace.