India Gets 1st Elephant Memorial

Do You Know? India Gets Its 1st Elephant Memorial In Mathura As Tribute To Elephants Who Lost Their Lives To Abuse

We have lots of memorial of our great personalities in the country but it is very rare we have heard about any Memorial for Elephants. On 8th Nov 2019, Friday, the country’s first memorial for elephants was opened on the Agra-Mathura highway at a facility developed by Wildlife SOS, an NGO. It is a tribute/honor to those elephants which died in harness or as victims by the human brutalities

In a noble and heartfelt initiative by Wildlife SOS, India-based conservation charity unveiled the countries gets its first elephant memorial in Mathura. This memorial is a unique way to honor/remember those elephants that lost their lives to illegal trafficking, abuse, and cruelty.

It was inaugurated by the chief guest K Praveen Rao, Additional Principal Chief Conservator in Uttar Pradesh Forest Department and also congratulated the NGO for its brilliant effort. The Wildlife SOS Elephant Memorial is basically the representation of the sacrifice of the giants, which lost their lives while suffering brutality by the hands of humans. We all know that most of the elephants are used in circuses to entertain humans beings and for tourist rides and are captured from there wildlife and are forced to spend a lifetime of misery. At the memorial, there are five stone boulders and engraved black granite plaques names some of the elephants who were suffered this fate.

The Elephant Memorial in Mathura remembers a few of the Elephants named Champa, Sita, Mohan, Lakhi and Luna, whose stories draw attention and tells us why it is very important to prevent other elephants from suffering a similar fate. As per Anand Kumar, Divisional Conservator of Forests, elephants are always very important elements of India’s culture and tradition.

Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said, “Despite being prayed as an ‘avatars’ of Lord Ganesha, elephants suffer from great pain and abuse throughout their lives. Rescued elephants find peace and comfort at the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre but still, that is not there home. Through this memorial, we aim to create a calm and peaceful area as a tribute to the elephants and let the world know how much pain their life was.”

These elephants have gone through a lot in their life so whenever you visit the Taj Mahal do visit this unique memorial, which is just located about 30-minutes away from it. And from this, you will teach your kids that elephants and other animals belong in the wild, and not in chains.

“These elephants suffered from a very disturbing past lifetime and Wildlife SOS has given them an opportunity to enjoy the life that they truly deserved,” as per Mr. Rao said.

Do you Know? One of the oldest elephant memorials was established in the US in 1885 in the memory of the Elephant name Jumbo, an elephant that got tragically killed in a train accident.

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