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
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
For the sugarcane farmers of Maharashtra, January brings with it the harvest season – and mornings bring hours of manual labor cutting down the crop and tossing the bales into the waiting tractors. It’s a season of plenty, not just for the farmers, but for another visitor to the fields, that wanders stealthily through
In February 2015, a truck rode into our Elephant Conservation and Care Centre carrying a wonderful 60+ year old former circus elephant named Suzy, now the oldest resident at the rescue centre. Accompanying this little old lady was a young female vet – Dr. Vibha Raghuram – who, like Suzy, soon made Wildlife SOS
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
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
Education in any form is incomplete if limited to theory and text-book memorisation, its greatest value lying in the wholesome and comprehensive learning that only practical experiences can provide. At Wildlife SOS, we understand the importance of sensitising children to environmental problems and animal welfare and educating them about conservation, as problems like pollution,
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
Mohan gently lets his head sink below the cool water, loving the calming sensation of the water around him and the weightlessness of his body in the pool. His trunk pokes out from among the ripples at the water’s surface, like the snorkel of a diver, sucking in the crisp morning air. The pool