Wildlife SOS Indien
Sonu mit seinem Elefanten Rajesh
How did you come to join Wildlife SOS?
I was employed as Rajesh’s keeper in the circus. After his rescue, I was offered a job working with elephants at the ECCC. I’d always worked with elephants — it’s what my whole family was employed in, and it’s all I saw myself doing — so I accepted. I was hired as an elephant keeper, and found myself really enjoying this job.
Describe a typical day for an elephant keeper here.
For me, a typical day at ECCC entails feeding the elephants, cleaning their enclosures, bathing them, and taking them on walks. Besides regular checkups and medical care, many of the elephants need ongoing special veterinary treatment, and I assist the ECCC vet staff when they are doing this. We also have an ethical management process called “target training” with our animals, so I spend time with professionals learning about that and working on it with the elephants. It all gives me a chance to really appreciate how incredibly smart these animals are.
Is there an elephant you’re particularly fond of?
I’ve learnt so much more about elephants since I started working here. I’ve found it impossible not to love them all because they’re all special and amazing in their own way. I suppose I’ll always have a little extra love for Rajesh, since he and I started our journey here together. And with tusks like his, I also think he’s the most handsome elephant I’ve ever seen.