Bondla provides sanctuary to leopards who have been injured when they ventured too close to human habitation, dancing bears and Cobras who along with their trainers need a new life as the age old tradition of dancing bears and snake charming is now illegal. The elephants and their handlers are more fortunate. The two at Bondla take turns to give visitors a ride. On their off day, they are bathed and laze around, producing Elephant Cakes.
Another surprise at Bondla, are the Hindu carvings. These were discovered when the sanctuary gardens were being constructed. They would have been hidden for protection from the Portuguese Catholic Inquisitors.