The Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre (WRRC) was registered in July 1999 as a public charitable Trust for the conservation and welfare of wildlife in urban and rural areas around Bangalore, India. WRRC was set up by the trustees of Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA), in response to a keenly felt need: to provide relief to wild animals, birds and reptiles; including medical treatment and housing; as well as to handle cases of cruelty involving these animals. Wild animals are injured, abused and illegally traded; and concerned members of the public have few options for their treatment and housing. Expertise in their management and rehabilitation is also rare.
Since its inception, WRRC has undertaken:
- Wildlife rescue
- Prevention of cruelty
- Humane education
- Campaigns and legal battles
- Research and surveys on captive elephants.
WRRC was awarded the Proggy Award by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) for the book Gods in Chains by Rhea Ghosh (Social Cause Book of the Year, 2005.) The book highlights the often desperate condition of India’s captive elephants; whether in private ownership, temples, forest departments, zoos, or circuses.