This is Mohan! He died last year at SOS Elephant Sanctuary where he lived out the last and happiest part of his life! We like to include the SOS Elephant Sanctuary and the Bear Sanctuary in our itineraries for those who enjoy 'a happy ending' and perhaps volunteer or donate a small amount for such a worthy cause! #vivsindia
WILDLIFE SOS was established by Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani with the idea of saving India's wildlife from suffering through age old traditions. The Kalandar tribe once relied on the exploitation of animals, namely sloth bears, to put food on the family table. Not only have SOS has been instrumental in ending this cruel 'dancing bear' practice but they have also taken it a step further in helping to educate the families by introducing skills to provide employment in other fields.
This is an exert from a newsletter that I received from the company who have made it their life long commitment to helping animals and the Kalandar tribal peoples.
"Mohan was one of the most spirited and resilient elephants we have ever known. His all-too-brief time with us changed our lives. And though it's now been a year since this beautiful elephant passed away, our memory of him has not faded, nor has our commitment to his legacy.
This week, two of our staffers who knew Mohan best planted a peepal tree sapling where he was buried last year, not far from his old enclosure. Mohan's veterinarian, Dr Yaduraj, and his mahout, Surender, took part in the emotional ceremony, which marks exactly one year from Mohan's tragic passing.
Dr. Yaduraj (left) plants Mohan's tree, and Surender waters it.
He had endured so much for so many years, but thanks to our supporters, Mohan finally found a bit of joy and a little peace in his final chapter. For those of you who didn't know Mohan — and those who just want to another look at this incredible elephant's journey with us — please click below for a special video on his life.
We'll never forget how Mohan touched us. And as the young peepal tree at his final resting place grows stronger and taller, so too will our commitment to helping all of India's suffering elephants, no matter what it takes, and finally bringing these mistreated and exhausted elephants the love and friendship they deserve in their final years. Mohan, you are always with us. We are eternally grateful for the way you enriched our lives and focused our mission. And to all our supporters, thank you too for making our time with this very special elephant possible.
Sincerely, The Wildlife SOS Team"
One of my favorite places in India! One can spend time in the luxury of the lodge, enjoying the organic farm vegetables and the local Kumaon cuisine, going on safaris in one of the nearby zones to enjoy the animal rich park or do what I loved and spend time in Dhikala zone at Sarapduli Resthouse with my guide and driver for a personal safari! We saw a tiger within the first five minutes of being in the zone.
Click on link https://wetu.com/iBrochure/en/Launch/16286_47959/Jims_Jungle_Retreat/Landing