Animal Conservation

Water basins, popsicles: sloth bears and elephants beat the heat

Soaring temperatures are a cause for concern even for members of the animal kingdom. However, those at the Wildlife SOS wildlife conservation center are lucky with extra measures to ensure cooler conditions for elephants and sloth bears.

As temperatures soar in Uttar Pradesh, wildlife conservation NGO – Wildlife SOS has adopted innovative measures for their rescued elephants and bears to provide respite from the heat. “Water pools are available in each enclosure for the animals to swim and cool off in, along with water sprinklers that help soften the ground and create cool areas inside their free range enclosures” , said Arnita Shandilya, public relations manager for Wildlife SOS through a statement.

“At the NGO’s Elephant Conservation and Care Center and Elephant Hospital campus in Mathura, the 29 resident pachyderms receive refreshing scrub baths every morning and they have access to giant swimming pools in their enclosures. spacious,” she said.

“While the older elephants prefer to spend hours just relaxing in the cool, refreshing water, some of the younger, more playful ones like Peanut, Coconut, Laxmi and Chanchal enjoy splashing around in the pool! The elephants also enjoy taking dust bathing and throwing mud on their backs during the day. This acts as a natural sunscreen and protects their skin from the harsh sun,” the statement read.

“At the Agra Bear Rescue Facility, the sloth bear rescue and rehabilitation center, resident bears enjoy refreshing summer fruit platters and popsicles containing delicious chunks of juicy fruit frozen in blocks of ice to help “Fight the heat! These specially designed enrichments also provide much-needed mental and physical stimulation and enrichment,” Agra Bear Rescue Center sources informed.

“The bears are also given vitamin and electrolyte supplements in their daily porridge and drinking water to ensure they stay hydrated. Additionally, individual bear dens have designated coolers that blow cool air into the bear dens,” said Dr S Ilayaraja, Deputy Director of Veterinary Services at Wildlife SOS.

“Our main objective with these summer management measures is to help the elephants and bears in our care. We have provided sufficient shade and sufficient water in all enclosures. Special dietary provisions have also been made and we include vitamin supplements and electrolyte solutions to prevent heat stroke and dehydration,” Dr Ilayaraja said.

Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said, “It is reassuring to see that our efforts have brought about a positive change in the lives of rescued animals. Our dedicated team of veterinarians and animal caretakers work around the clock to ensure elephants and bears can stay cool during the summer.

Baiju Raj MV, Director of Conservation Projects, Wildlife SOS, said, “Wildlife SOS aims to provide the rescued animals in our care with a high degree of lifelong veterinary care, enrichment and a high quality of life. It fills our hearts with joy to see them relaxing in the water or enjoying their special diet of juicy fruits and popsicles.