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Wildlife SOS has run the only 24-hour animal rescue hotline in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) and in Agra, UP and in Vadodara, Gujarat for the past two decades. The City’s Police Control Room, Administration Department and Forest Department know that they can count on Wildlife SOS to respond efficiently and safely to calls for help and so they also divert any Wildlife Rescue calls they receive to our team in these respective cities.

Wildlife SOS addresses 300 Reptile Rescue calls every month. Our rescue team includes experienced snake handlers who are equipped with snake hooks and boxes to ensure that every reptile is rescued in the most efficient and professional manner ensuring minimal stress to the animal and the people involved.

Be it a cobra in a toilet, a monitor lizard that has accidentally strayed into a school, a peacock poisoned by pesticide, a deer or antelope loose on a golf course or at the airport, our well trained team endeavors to safely rescue these animals, birds or reptiles from high risk situations.


When a rescued reptile is brought to our Wildlife Rescue Centre, its measurements are taken and a physical examination is carried out. If the reptile’s health is compromised, necessary veterinary care and treatment are provided. Thereafter arrangements are made and proper permissions are acquired from the concerned authorities to release the creature into a suitable habitat. The release is done in the presence of representatives of the Forest/Wildlife department.

Sometimes, snakes are rescued from abusive conditions. Most of these snakes have been in the employ of Snake ‘Charmers’ and routinely they suffer from severe dehydration. Some rescued snakes have badly infected mouths due to unsanitary and inhumane fang and venom gland removal procedures. With respect to Pythons, we often find them tied with small plastic ropes to ensure that they do not bite as they are displayed by roadsides as an inducement in begging for money from the public.
If you are visiting India as a tourist, please don’t give snake charmers money. In India, it is a good rule of thumb that you never pay to see an animal perform as entertainment. All forms are against the law, and we ask you to help by calling the local authorities.


Please note: All animals are protected under Wildlife Protection Act 1972; Injuring or harming any species is a punishable offence under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.

FAQ’s – Rescues and the Rapid Response Unit

What areas do you work in?
Wildlife SOS runs 24hr wildlife rescue helplines in three states in India- in Delhi and the National Capital Region (+91 – 9871963535), in the Agra region of Uttar Pradesh (+91 – 9917109666) and the Vadodara region of Gujarat (+91 – 9825011117).
What animals do you work with?
How many animals do you rescue on an average?
Do you ever have to work with larger animals and predators?
Where do the animals go after they are rescued?
How do you transport the animals to where they eventually end up?
What tactics do you use to stay safe and handle an aggressive animal?
Is there a standard way of handling each situation or does each case require a different plan?
Does each rescue only require one person, or do any rescues require a team of people on site?
Can you briefly describe what a typical day on the job is like, if such a thing exists?