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Greenwich Lecture Focuses On Plight Of India's Elephants

Suraj the one-eared elephant arrives at the Elephant Care Center. After decades of life in a dark temple, this is his first day of freedom.
Suraj the one-eared elephant arrives at the Elephant Care Center. After decades of life in a dark temple, this is his first day of freedom. Photo Credit: Contributed
One year celebration of Raju being free, Kartick and Geeta feed elephant cake to all of the elephants at the center.
One year celebration of Raju being free, Kartick and Geeta feed elephant cake to all of the elephants at the center. Photo Credit: Contributed
Geeta Seshamani with Rhea and Mia.
Geeta Seshamani with Rhea and Mia. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani, co-founders of Wildlife SOS, India’s animal welfare organization, return to Greenwich this fall to present a second annual lecture on the plight of the Indian elephant and the work of Wildlife SOS.

The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Greenwich Country Day School, Lower School, 401 Old Church Road. in Greenwich from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Animal lovers, conservationists and anyone concerned about the alarming rate of wildlife disappearance worldwide, will not want to miss this informative lecture, plus video footage of actual elephant rescues, from two of India’s leading wildlife conservation authorities. A question and answer session will follow.

Elephants are a keynote species to the ecosystem and India’s Asian elephant makes up almost 60 percent of Earth’s remaining wild population. But of the estimated 20,000 remaining in India, 20 to 30 percent are believed to be captive and live a life of extreme neglect and cruelty working at manual labor, circus performances, processions, entertainment and street begging. Since 1995 Wildlife SOS has been at the forefront of the international movement to save and rehabilitate India’s elephants at their 40-acre sanctuary, the Elephant Conservation Care Center in Mathura, India.

"Many Indian elephants are taken from their mothers at birth and handed down from mahout to mahout (trainer to trainer), sometimes with as many as 20 different owners,” says Lisa Wynne Salvatore, the event host. “They endure incredible abuse and malnourishment, working long days in severe heat with injuries, broken bones and ligaments. Kartick and Geeta are leaders in India for taking on the often dangerous challenge of trying to change a culture in order to protect India’s remaining wild elephants — and bring dignity to those in captivity, as well.”

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