Kalandar Community

Bear Of The Month: Rani!

Rani is the most famous sloth bear at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility and she holds a very special place in our hearts. She was the very first dancing bear to be rescued by Wildlife SOS from the centuries-old tradition that inflicted terrible cruelty on thousands of highly endangered sloth bears. She was five

Women Empowerment and Skill Training Courses in Rajasthan

The Kalandar people once relied on the exploitation of animals — sloth bears, namely — to put food on the table for their families. This community has historically been plagued by crushing poverty, high illiteracy rates, and scant few economic options — especially for women. With your help, Wildlife SOS has ended the “dancing

Bear Of The Month: Valmiki

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

New Skill-Training Courses for Kalandar women in Rajasthan

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

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    Meet Rakhee Sharma, The Driving Force Behind The Kalandar Program

Meet Rakhee Sharma, The Driving Force Behind The Kalandar Program

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

Livelihood Support To Kalandars In Uttar Pradesh

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

Meet Shubham, An Integral Part Of Our Kalandar Program.

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

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    Changing Destinies; Education Support To Kalandar Children In Uttar Pradesh

Changing Destinies; Education Support To Kalandar Children In Uttar Pradesh

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,

Wildlife SOS Creates Awareness Through Magic and Mime

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

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