India’s one and only elephant rescue centre Wildlife SOS which is based out of Mathura just received a notice from CZA (Central Zoo Authority) for non-compliance. According to Central Wild Life Act of 1972, any zoo has to take prior approval from CZA before becoming operational. According to CZA, Wildlife SOS failed to seek prior approval and was in violation of the relevant law. Wildlife SOS, however, maintains that their facility is not a zoo and hence did not require prior approval. They also informed that the facility works in collaboration with UP forest department.
The notice came into existence after complaints from animal rights activists Gauri Maulekhi and Naresh Kadyan. The notice read, “it is observed that the Wildlife SOS on its website is promoting visitors to the illegally operating Elephant Conservation Centre Mathura and collecting charges from visitors. The elephant centre in Mathura is established without the prior permission of the Authority and operating without obtaining recognition by this Authority. Therefore the said facility is illegal and not permissible for operation.”