In a cinematic parallel to Dr. Yogesh Pratap Singh’s valiant efforts in Gorakhpur, the world recently witnessed India’s triumph at the Oscars with a movie depicting the incredible bond between a man and an elephant whisperer from Karnataka. This global recognition not only underscored the universal appeal of wildlife conservation but also resonated with the passion and dedication displayed by individuals like Dr. Yogesh, who tirelessly work to protect and understand the complex lives of wild animals. Dr. Yogesh’s recent heroic act during the rampage of an elephant named Ganga Prasad showcased a deep understanding of the intricate relationship between humans and elephants.
In the wake of this incident, the parallels between the Oscar-winning film and Dr. Yogesh’s endeavors in Gorakhpur became evident, emphasizing the shared love for wildlife that transcends borders. Ganga Prasad’s story shed light on the misconceptions surrounding elephants and their behavior.
Dr. Yogesh Pratap Singh highlighted that aggression in elephants is often a result of social factors rather than mental instability. His insights into the importance of companionship and social structure within elephant herds added a layer of understanding to the complex nature of these majestic creatures.
As Dr. Yogesh worked tirelessly through a sleepless night to control Ganga Prasad, his dedication mirrored the passion. To save his life, he employed a strategy, keeping a JCB vehicle to delay the movement of the elephant towards him while medicating him—a careful and calculated measure showcasing not only his commitment but also his understanding of the delicate balance required when dealing with a distressed elephant. The forest division in Gorakhpur, under Dr. Yogesh’s vigilant care, became a sanctuary for Ganga Prasad.
The city’s citizens, reassured by the veterinarian’s commitment, found solace in knowing that the potential crisis had been averted through collective efforts. Beyond his official duties, Dr. Yogesh Pratap Singh’s love for wildlife extends to his passion for capturing the beauty of nature. His collection of photographs featuring more than 22 varieties of butterflies within Gorakhpur’s Zoological Park not only adds to the city’s cultural richness but also reflects his dual commitment to wildlife welfare and conservation.
An incident during a World Cup match, where Dr. Yogesh prioritized his duty towards wildlife over the game, exemplifies his unwavering commitment. This act further solidifies echoing the sentiments portrayed in the Oscar-winning film where the protagonist prioritized the well-being of the elephant over personal pursuits.
Do’s and Don’ts for personal safety
- Keep a Safe Distance
- Stay Calm and Quiet
- Observe from far
- Respect Barriers
- Consult Mahout: When elephants are part of events, consult the mahout for guidance, such as its gender and mating season.
- Don’t Startle
- No Flash Photography
- Don’t Feed Without Authorization
- Avoid High-Volume Noise
- Don’t Intervene Untrained
During his tenure of service, he has conserved many wildlife lives like white tigers, alligators, and many risk-taking wildlife animals. In the aftermath of this harrowing incident, Indian citizens can express their gratitude to Dr. Yogesh Pratap Singh, a man whose selfless actions not only saved lives but also reinforced the harmonious coexistence between the city and its wild inhabitants. In doing so, Dr. Yogesh emerges as a true wildlife protector, inspiring others to appreciate and safeguard the diverse species that share our planet.