Maya – She was stabbed and beaten, forced do “tricks,” then afterwards forced to work odd jobs.

Maya before rescue. [Photo(c) Wildlife SOS]

As a circus elephant, Maya was forced to perform unnatural tricks for the entertainment of people. She was made to balance on her hind legs at the crack of a whip and piercing blows of a bull-hook. When not performing, she would be tightly restrained to the concrete floor which severely affected her joints and rendered her with weak, arthritic limbs. Maya’s physical and mental health was severely compromised by the time she was rescued and taken under the care of Wildlife SOS. Under our dedicated care and the loving company of her companion, Phoolkali, Maya was able to take confident strides into her healing journey. See how Maya is doing now!