Malur Elephant Care Facility
Spread across 2 acres of lush green farm land, this centre is home presently to Elephant Aneesha and awaiting Elephant Lakshmi. It has a specially constructed hydrotherapy pool to help the elephants with muscular ailments. There is a veterinarian on call and staff on site to care for the elephants. It provides a much needed retirement home, where these rescued animals can learn to forage, live without chains and engage in necessary behaviours such as socializing, resting, mud wallow, soaking in the water body and gentle exercise. It will also act as an interpretation centre, where interested public can learn about elephant behavior, habitat use, impact of commercial captivity and see firsthand the positive changes brought about by rehabilitation processes that help these abused animals to recover and spend the remainder of their lives in peaceful environs. (can add supporting pics here of the facility)
Marakanam Elephant Care Facility – Elefriends 101 (Run in collaboration with Tree Foundation)
Spread across 13 acres of verdant environs, this facility is run in collaboration with the Tree Foundation. Currently home to three rescued elephants Indu, Jayanthi and Sandhya, it has a mud wallow, ample area for foraging and provides a salient environment, where these animals can recover from the life of abuse they have led in commercial captivity. It has a team on site that cares for the animals, and replaces cruel training methods with positive reinforcement , allows the elephants to move around chain free, and gives them much needed rest and care. The three elephants housed here are adapting well, and enjoying their freedom from commercial captivity and no longer have to perform activities that are not in sync with their natural behavior.