The Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre (WRRC) registered in July 1999 is a registered public charitable Trust for the conservation and welfare of wildlife rescued from urban and rural areas around Bangalore, India. WRRC was set up by the trustees of Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA) in response to keenly felt need to provide relief to wild animals, birds and reptiles including medical facilities, housing and handling cases of cruelties inflicted on them. These animals are often injured, abused or are confiscated from illegal trade. Concerned members of the public have very few options for housing or treatment of such species. Expertise for their management and rehabilitation is also lacking.
WRRC has been rendering the following services to wild animals:
- Rescue of wild life from injuries, accidents, illegal wildlife trade and other sources
- Prevention of cruelty
- Humane Education
- Information and expertise
- Campaigns and legal battles in support of wildlife
- Research and surveys on captive elephants.
The book Gods in Chains was commissioned by the WRRC as an attempt to offer insight and solutions into the existing living and training conditions of captive elephants. The book highlights the often desperate condition of India’s captive elephants – in private ownership, temples, forest departments, zoos, and circuses.
WRRC was awarded the Proggy Award by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) for the book, Gods in Chains by Rhea Ghosh for the Social Cause Book of the Year 2005.