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Please Support Ingraham Self-Medication Rescue

Ingraham Self-Medication Rescue (ISMR) is one way of investing in a future we can all be proud of, where animals are allowed the freedom to self-medicate. This provides health and wellbeing, in a way that links with the natural world. The rewards are exciting and far reaching. Please contribute now to enable animals to be able to engage in this prescious gift - to self medicate, and to assist in the education of those close to their care and preservation.

Wild animals have now lost major habitat and those that are captive or domesticated rarely have the environment available in which to self-medicate. This innate ability exists within every animal, and can be integrated into almost any setting allowing natural behaviours to be re-established.

The earth may be facing its 6th mass extinction. Over 50% of vertibrates have become extinct since 1970. The time has come to live in harmony with nature, encouraging biodiversity and a new way of life that supports the life of all species on earth.

Current Project: WILDLIFE SOS

Wildlife SOS (WSOS) works tirelessly to protect India's wildlife through lifetime, high quality care for animals who cannot return to the wild, medical treatment for animals that can be released, rescue services for captive animals in abusive settings, and advocacy to prevent animals from being exploited for entertainment. WSOS specifically address the problem of injured and sick elephants that are forced to work in slums and crowded cities. Their aim is to reach out and help the elephants that are blind, elderly, wounded, malnourished and dehydrated or those being used illegally and commercially, under deprived conditions.

I had a successful meeting about working with their vets using self-medication. They are a truly heart-felt team of people who have a strong passion and dedication for animal welfare. As soon as lock-down finishes and it is safe to do so, I plan to go to Wildlife SOS, to work with their elephants and bears and teach the vets about animal self-medication, I am sure a lot of remedies will be needed. To get an idea of the type of work they do, take a look at the video of Raju’s story, or visit their website

Support ISMR

Your contributions will make a significant difference in the ability to get natural remedies and training to them, enabling staff to carry on their vital work incorporating skills from the Ingraham Method of Applied Zoopharmacognosy.

Raju Before His Rescue
Raju After His Rescue (middle)

If you would like to support Wildlife SOS directly for their work, please visit their website

A Little More About WILDLIFE SOS


Coexisting in the same landscape in a manner in which both conservation and welfare is addressed for man and wildlife.


Wildlife SOS was established to make lasting change to protect and conserve India’s natural heritage, forest and biodiversity. We actively work towards protecting Indian wildlife, conserving habitat, studying biodiversity, conducting research and creating alternative and sustainable livelihoods for erstwhile communities that depend on wildlife for sustenance. But, protecting and caring for wildlife isn’t enough. Lasting solutions also address alternative livelihoods for people and communities who have traditionally relied on wildlife exploitation to survive.


Threats To Asian Elephants

The Asian elephant is an ‘endangered’ species according to the IUCN Red List. There are various reasons for the rapid decline of the elephant population:–

No Room To Roam

Habitat loss and fragmentation is the greatest threat to wild Asian Elephants. Rapid increase in industrialization and human development projects are clearing their habitat, pushing the elephants to less suitable environments.

Human-Elephant Conflict

Due to shrinking habitats, elephants are forced to stray into human settlements in search of food and water which sometimes results in damage to property or even human lives. Retaliation by the people affected by these incidents often result in killing of these elephants.

Ivory Poaching

The international ivory trade has contributed to the poaching of male elephants (bulls) for their tusks.

Illegal trafficking and capturing of young elephants: Elephant calves are separated from their mother and poached from the wild to be used in entertainment industries such as circuses, weddings, processions and even temples. In the process, mothers are usually killed attempting to protect their young.

The Plight of Captive Elephants

In order to convert a wild elephant into becoming submissive to human command, it is forced to undergo a process called “phajaan” or breaking of the spirit. The calf is kept in a confined space without food and water, and is subjected to beatings until it starts following the orders of its keeper. This establishes dominance over the elephant, who out of stress and fear reacts accordingly to the mahout’s command. Elephants made to give rides are tortured, not trained. Click the 'Tourism-elephant rides' and 'Refuse to ride' links below for further details. The threats to such captive elephants are:–

Captive Elephant Blindness

Threats To The Indian Sloth Bear

Mother bears were killed so that poachers could take and sell their cubs in perpetuation of this brutal practice. Through underground trading the cubs as many as 200 annually would end up in the hands of the Kalandars. With no anesthesia, a red hot poker rod would be driven through the muzzle of the baby bear, often at the tender age of six months. A rope would then be strung through the painful piercing, and tugged to induce ‘dancing’ performances on demand; for many bears a life at the end of a rope would be all they would ever know.

The Indian Sloth Bear (Melursus Ursinus) can easily be recognized by their shaggy black coat, long muzzle, protruding lip and a distinct white V-shaped patch on the chest. Their diet consists of fruits, berries, flowers, honeycombs, insect larvae and other insects. These bears have a particular proclivity to “vacuum” up termites and ants using their long snout.For over 400 years, the Sloth Bear had been a target for human exploitation. A nomadic tribe known as the Kalandars began ‘dancing’ sloth bears for the emperors during the Mughal era. Over centuries, as the kingdoms in India disappeared, the ‘dancing’ bear trade transitioned to become cheap roadside entertainment for villagers and tourists who paid to watch the bears jump in agony.

Indian Sloth Bear

Wildlife SOS by 2010 eradicated the practise of the ‘Dancing Bear’ from the country ** and now provide lifelong care and sanctuary to all the bears rescued from this barbaric practice. In all, 628 bears have been taken off the streets across India and given a home in four large natural sanctuaries across India. As an extension of the project, Wildlife SOS provided alternative livelihood to the impoverished Kalandar community that was solely dependent on the bears for survival. Wildlife SOS has helped provide education to over 5000 kalandar children and over 3000 families are no longer dependent on illegal wildlife crime to sustain themselves and instead have
humane and alternative livelihoods to support their families.

** This with cooperation from Government officials, and the help of partner organizations: International Animal Rescue, One Voice, Free
The Bears, and others.