It has been many years since we welcomed Goldie into the Agra Bear Rescue Centre. He was rescued from a Kalandar community settled in Sahibganj, Jharkhand. Starved, abused and forced to live the agonizing life of a dancing bear, Goldie was affected deeply, both physically and emotionally. He was highly emaciated, had an unkempt and matted
As dawn broke over Somatwadi village, located a few kilometers away from the bustling city of Pune, seasonal farmers woke up to another busy day harvesting their sugarcane crops. Around the same time, a mother leopard decided to venture out to the neighboring forest to hunt while leaving her young off-springs hidden safely amidst
When rescuing ‘Dancing Bears’ from Kalandars, one of the most heartbreaking things was to find young cubs as captives. Suri was one such cub we found. Rescued in 2007, Suri’s condition was very poor, he was malnourished, and the penetration wounds on his muzzle were fresh and bleeding. It was dreadful to imagine, the
The Wildlife SOS team at the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Center located in Maharashtra recently played host to a group of 50 students from Annasaheb Awate Vidyalaya, Junnar. Accompanied by their teachers and Forester Mr. Sunil Salunke, the students were brimming with excitement as made their way through the entrance gates and were greeted by
It has been nine years since the nightmare of brutality and exploitation has ended for Chingari. She was born to be a happy bear in the wild but ended up living a tortured life as a ‘Dancing’ bear instead. Her condition upon her rescue was heart wrenching; her teeth had been broken and infected
In the last decade, the state of Uttarakhand has seen a dramatic increase in man-animal conflicts, predominantly problems relating to the leopard population residing in the vast hilly forests. However, due to rapid urbanisation resulting in degradation of forests and a decline in natural prey base, these majestic wild cats are being forced out
Valmiki bear was rescued from the Indo-Nepal border in 2010. His Kalandar owners were intercepted at the border just as they were attempting to illegally migrate to Nepal, where the practice of ‘dancing bears’ still persists. Due to the sheer negligence on the part of his former owners, Valmiki was highly emaciated and was
Universal Children’s Day not only celebrates and encourages efforts to promote child welfare and addresses the need to fight for the rights that they truly deserve, but is also a reminder that much remains to be done in securing economic, political, social, civil and cultural rights of children worldwide.
When Wildlife SOS started the Kalandar
How old do you think Sidda is?
Sidda is a young bull elephant whose estimated age is 35 years.
How is working with a wild elephant different from a captive or domesticated one?
Captive or domesticated elephants are accustomed to human presence and human touch, while wild elephants are generally wary of human beings. This can make
Injured and stranded for many days in the backwaters of Manchanabele Dam in Magadi, Karnataka, this was hardly the fate any majestic tusker could have hoped for. The locals residing in the Ramanagara district of Karnataka are no strangers to wild elephants as the dam built across the Arkavathy River is situated