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
In 2002, Wildlife SOS started work on the rehabilitation of the Kalandar communities (who depend on dancing bears to earn a living) as an extension of our dancing bear rescue project.
The key objectives of this project were education of the children, an alternative livelihood program and women’s empowerment initiative, while addressing the problem of
Rakhee Sharma is at a train station, boarding a train to Jaipur. In the last week, she has been travelling around the states of Madhya Pradesh and UP, organising stationery and schoolbook donation camps for the children of a community of people known as the Kalandars.
The eradication of the dancing bear practise in India
When Wildlife SOS’ Co-founders Kartick and Geeta first decided to start rescuing India’s dancing bears, they weren’t sure where to begin. The practice had been carried out for over 400 years, and the nomadic community that practiced it was dispersed across the country, forcing bears to perform in rural backwaters and streets all over
Shubham has worked with Wildlife SOS for about two years now, assisting Rakhee Sharma with the Kalandar Rehabilitation Program. He can always be seen happily trotting from one state to another distributing school supplies and spreading smiles amongst the Kalandar families. We thought we’d talk to him to find out a little bit more
The excited laughter of children could be heard spilling out of the windows of a white-walled room in the small village of Jalesar in Uttar Pradesh, an hour-and-a-half from Wildlife SOS’ Agra Bear Rescue Facility. Inside, Wildlife SOS’ Kalandar Program Coordinator, Ms. Rakhee Sharma, was surrounded by a group of twenty-two eager young children,
In association with Uttar Pradesh Forest Department, Wildlife SOS organized an event displaying a fusion of nature, mime and magic in the Bird Interpretation Centre of Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Agra. The team has partnered with ‘Magicians Without Borders’ and arranged a series of magic shows in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Mathura to create