Elephant Of The Month – Arya
Imagine living your life surrounded by the blaring horns of vehicles. Arya was forced to spend most of her life in similar horrifying conditions, as she trudged through narrow lanes and crowded streets, dotted with broken pieces of glass and pebbles – nowhere near the natural, soft surfaces which elephants are meant to walk on. Being[…]Read More
Staff Profile – Sonam Sambharya
Sonam, Account Officer at Wildlife SOS, has a heart-to-heart chat with us about her work and her experiences as a part of the Wildlife SOS team! With over eight years of experience under her belt, Sonam is now a veteran at this organisation. What do you do at Wildlife SOS? How long have you been here? I mainly work with everything that[…]Read More
Wildlife SOS Conducts Education Drive in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana!
W.B Yeats once said, “Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire.” In 2002, Wildlife SOS sparked the flame of education amidst the Kalandar community. Today, 20 years later, this flame has lit up the lives of 1,360 Kalandar children, with more and more gaining access to education. Education Support is[…]Read More
Tracing Arya’s First Year Of Freedom With Wildlife SOS
Making her way to the Yamuna riverside, blind Arya uses her trunk to trace the ground and carefully listens to the natural sounds around her. The excited chirping of birds and the soft current of the river water instantly calms her down as she lifts her trunk in delight. Zara, her dear companion and one of the youngest elephants under our care,[…]Read More
Arya’s Bell Comes Off!
Celebrating two years of the Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital, we decided to mark the special occasion with Arya’s bell removal! Wildlife SOS Co-founder and CEO, Kartick Satyanarayan, with Arya! [Photo (C) Wildlife SOS/Mradul Pathak] Arya is a blind elephant who lost her vision due to an untreated injury in the eye, and has spent most part […]Read More
An Update on Arya’s Progress
Arya has rightly lived up to her name, especially with her feisty and indomitable spirit resembling the popular character Arya in the TV series “Game of Thrones”. There is a certain confidence and grace that sets Arya apart from our resident pachyderms, especially in the way she stands, with her head slightly raised and her curious trunk[…]Read More
Arya Arrives at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital!
Enveloped with darkness and worked to the point of over exertion, an ailing and exhausted elephant would timidly make her way through the streets of a small town in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, unsure of the next step that she would take owing to her complete loss of vision. She worked through her blindness bravely and started using her trunk to survey […]Read More
Year of arrival: 2020 Age at the time of arrival: about 50 years-old Sex: Female Personality traits: Capricious and alert Recognisable features: Depigmented borders on her ears, almost as tall as Phoolkali, stands with her head slightly raised Present health condition: Completely blind in both eyes, overgrown and cracked[…]Read More
Leopard Skin Seized In Ballabhgarh In A Joint Operation With The Haryana Forest Dept. & Police
After weeks of intelligence gathering and careful investigation by the Wildlife SOS Anti-Poaching Unit (Forest Watch), a leopard skin was seized on the outskirts of Delhi in Ballabhgarh and a man named Ram Das was arrested in a night long joint operation carried out by Wildlife SOS, Haryana Forest Department & Haryana Police. On Wednesday[…]Read More
Wildlife Awareness Programme For Kids At Elephant Rehabilitation Center, Haryana
Flanking the dense green jungles of the Kalesar Wildlife Sanctuary, the Ch. Surinder Singh Elephant Rehabilitation Centre (ERC) is home to three of Wildlife SOS’ delightful rescued elephants. Our trio of lovely ladies- Erica, Ella and Lilly- can be seen here splashing about in their pools, going on long walks and snacking on their scrumptious[…]Read More
Team Accenture Volunteers At Friendicoes & Wildlife Rescue Center Haryana
It was an exciting day at the Friendicoes SECA shelter in Gurgaon, Haryana as a team from Accenture came to work as volunteers at the shelter for animals. The eager team consisting of 16 volunteers arrived in the morning and were greeted by Dr. Abhishek, Senior Veterinarian, and the Wildlife SOS and Friendicoes staff present there. Following[…]Read More
Haryana Leopard released back into the wild.
With massive deforestation and man animal conflict becoming an everyday occurrence Wildlife SOS once again played nurse to an injured Leopard that fell prey to mob fury in a village in Haryana. The young female Leopard, about 2 years old, had strayed into Ahmadbas village in Mewat district of Haryana. The villagers informed the local forest[…]Read More
Treatment Camp For Injured Birds During Makar Sankranti
In the month of January, Wildlife SOS collaborated with Eco Rescuers Foundation to host and fund a free Bird Treatment Camp in Malviya Nagar, Jaipur. The four-day camp was set up on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, a festival where bird casualties are at their highest due to rampant kite-flying. Through the camp, we were able to successfully[…]Read More
Haven For The Hidden: Where To Spot Wildlife In And Around Delhi
If you are living in an urban environment and planning to spend some time in nature, look around closely and you will find jungles within the city. Of course, most cities including the country’s capital are known better as concrete jungles, but you may be surprised to know that Delhi harbours some really old forests. These green spaces are now[…]Read More
The Basics Of Taxonomy
There are plenty of animals that inhabit this earth, and to place them under different and specific categories in order to study and understand them, is certainly not an easy task. This is where taxonomy comes in. Taxonomy is the study of the scientific classification of living organisms. One of the first to popularise this system was Aristotle,[…]Read More
Wildlife SOS Busts Illegal Trade Of Live Animals And Body Parts In Gujarat
From mammals and reptiles to birds, fish and corals — about 6,000 species of animals have been seized from illegal trade globally between 1999 and 2018. In India, most of the seized items that have been procured from animals include mongoose hair, snake skins, rhinoceros horn, tiger and leopard claws, bones, skins, whiskers, elephant tusks,[…]Read More
Exploring The Plight Of Animals On World Freedom Day
The Cambridge dictionary defines the word ‘freedom’ as “the condition or right of being able or allowed to do, say, think, etc. whatever you want to, without being controlled or limited.” In this definition, the emphasis on ‘you’, as a human being, is a clear indication. However, who is to speak of this freedom for animals such as[…]Read More
The Ongoing Support To Kalandar Community With Education, Livelihood and Shelter
Wildlife conservation has long struggled to include indigenous people within its discourse. Intentionally or unintentionally, indigenous communities have been marginalised from the praxis of conservation, leaving them vulnerable to poverty and discrimination. At Wildlife SOS, we believe that our conservation efforts are most successful when both[…]Read More
ECCC Plays Host To Miss Universe Great Britain 2022
As the elephants at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre (ECCC) in Mathura were preparing for a regular day, they were oblivious to the fact that some special visitors, who had been eagerly waiting to meet them, were on their way! Among them was Miss Universe Great Britain 2022 Noky Simbani, who undertook a conservation[…]Read More
ACF Officer Trainees’ Field Visit To ABRF
Recently, a group of Assistant Forest Conservator (ACF) officer trainees from the Central Academy for State Forest Service, Coimbatore visited the Wildlife SOS Agra Bear Rescue Facility (ABRF). A total of 43 officer trainees came from six different states — Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram and Chhattisgarh. All […]Read More
Elephant Of The Month, Ella – The Eldest Pachyderm At Wildlife SOS
Seven decades is a long time. When an elephant is taken away from its natural habitat, made to walk on unnatural surfaces and beaten into submission to beg for alms at the hands of a negligent owner, all of it is bound to leave a huge psychological impact. Seventy years (nearly a lifetime) of intense walking immensely harmed her footpads, leaving […]Read More
A Tail of Torture: Common Tail Injuries In Rescued Elephants
Elephants under the care of Wildlife SOS suffer from trauma and wounds due to their tragic past of cruelty and abhorrent living conditions. Long periods of negligence, limited space for movement, little or no veterinary care and malnutrition lead to bodily harm. Elephants are found with various physical injuries such as infected wounds,[…]Read More
Desert Animals Rescued By Wildlife SOS!
While deserts are often misunderstood as lifeless habitats, these landscapes serve as a refuge for wildlife. A desert ecosystem has a lot to give to its inhabitants, and in return, the inhabitants safeguard their home. This might shock you, but deserts are the world’s largest terrestrial biome, covering nearly 20% (⅕th) of the Earth’s land[…]Read More
Livelihood, Marriage & Roofing Support For 11 Kalandar Families!
Working with local communities is an integral aspect of wildlife conservation, and Wildlife SOS takes this seriously. Since 2002, Wildlife SOS has helped over 3,000 Kalandars– a community that once tamed Sloth Bears for a living. The Wildlife SOS Kalandar Rehabilitation Programme supports the community by providing alternative livelihoods for[…]Read More
Mahak Shines Bright
Mahak, a 13-year-old Kalandar girl from Haryana, faced formidable challenges in her effort to gain education. With a little help from the Wildlife SOS Education Program, Mahak is now receiving an education, and has recently received the first rank in her school examinations. Lack of access to education continues to be one of the biggest[…]Read More
Plight of their Sight: Ocular Disorders in Captive Elephants
Eyes are windows to the world. For numerous captive Asian elephants, these windows are shattered, leaving them wholly dependent on humans for lifelong care. Over the years, as Wildlife SOS has and continues to rescue injured, crippled, or geriatric elephants from various stressful situations, the most common problem plaguing captive elephants[…]Read More
Cool Measures On Hot Days For Our Elephants And Bears
Mercury levels are hitting records of up to 49°C in the hotter parts of the country, which is basically the Summer saying, “Look! I am here.” Since the summer season can be difficult in India due to being located in the tropics, the dedicated team at Wildlife SOS ensures that a summer care plan is implemented to help our elephants and bears […]Read More
Rescues From The Helpline – March 2022
Navigating life in an urban setting is no easy feat, especially for wild animals who were erstwhile residents of virgin forests and dense wilderness. However, as more animals are pushed to the fringes of human settlements, they have been forced to begrudgingly adapt to our noisy concrete jungles. Yet, there may be various perils faced by these[…]Read More
An Ode To Our Unsung (S)heroes: Kalandar Women
The fate of women belonging to the Kalandar community, a nomadic group that tamed sloth bears for a living, was once deeply intertwined with the fate of sloth bears. The same Kalandar tradition that bestowed the community's men with the responsibility of taming sloth bears also demanded that women be married off at a young age and confined[…]Read More
Giants Enslaved: The Decline Of Asian Elephants
Elephants have always been seen across various cultures as a symbol of strength and wisdom. The motif of the Asian elephant has been prevalent in mythology since time immemorial, with the giants featuring in art, poetry, steatite seals, and other items found in archaeological excavations. Despite being a fascinating species and a cultural[…]Read More
Love (or something like it) In The Jungle
Love - a chemical and an arguably ephemeral experience, has dictated the ebbs and flows of society for centuries. Infact one might argue that the euphoria of love and its constant desire has shaped human communities worldwide. Despite its importance, love eludes us, leaving even the greatest thinkers puzzled about its exact nature. Yet,[…]Read More
Join Hands To Become Impact Partners of Wildlife SOS!
Wildlife SOS has always been grateful for the dedicated support that it has garnered over the years from people across the world. Our team has been actively working towards the welfare of wild animals and human communities in need. We have rescued numerous wild animals and over 300 animals are in long term care at our rescue facilities all[…]Read More
“How Do I Look Now?” Asks India
India, a diverse country with 19,500 dialects being spoken as mother tongues, and home to 28 states and 8 union territories….. Wait. That is always how an essay about India starts. Instead, let us take a deeper dive this time and view the Indian landscape from a completely new perspective. According to estimates of paleontologists and[…]Read More
What Is A Begging Elephant?
You might be wondering where the question mark is in that query. But for us at Wildlife SOS, it is not a question but a reality which we have been dealing with for a long time, and still do. So we will try to answer what a begging elephant is as best as we can. These elephants are emaciated and malnourished, and made to walk on the streets of[…]Read More
Founders’ Trip Itinerary 2023
January 16-25, 2023 India is a study in contrasts; a historical backdrop for a modern-day narrative, a traditional outlook co-existing with fresh, global lifestyles, an ensemble of ethnic disparities creating a cohesive, cultural identity. India is a mélange of colorful, exuberant scenes, of tangible, delectable cuisine, a multitude of[…]Read More
Communities On The Frontline Of Conservation
Community-based conservation (CBC) is a method without which most of the things in the world of conservation cannot be achieved. From the hilly villages of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh in the western Himalayan landscape, to the forest fringe villages in the mangrove landscape of the Sundarbans in West Bengal, wherever you go, no conservation[…]Read More
Wildlife-Ring Busted! Musk Deer Parts, Lizard Genitals Found
After a stealthy and perilous operation, the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Team, working jointly with the GSPCA uncovered some bone-chilling details about the trade of protected species. The team tracked the movement of a wildlife-ring and discovered two locations in Jalgaon, Maharashtra, which were storing wild species and body parts for[…]Read More
Evolution of Elephants
The largest existing land mammal on the planet, Elephants, have a lasting effect on each individual who sets their eyes on them. Their evolution over the years is just as remarkable. Today, there are three surviving elephants species; the African savannah elephant (Loxodonta africana), African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) and Asian[…]Read More
Wildlife SOS At The National Conference For Zoo Directors and Veterinarians!
On 10th and 11th October, the Sardar Patel Zoological Park at Kevada, Gujarat, was taken over by trailblazers in the world of animal welfare. Directors, veterinarians, animal keepers, forest officers, etc gathered from all over the nation to attend the annual National Conference for Zoo Directors and Veterinarians. The two-day conference[…]Read More
Celebrating Elephant Appreciation Day at Wildlife SOS!
In 1996, Wayne Hepburn, owner of Mission Media, received an elephant paperweight as a gift from his daughter. This triggered Wayne’s fascination with the majestic pachyderms, and he went on to create Elephant Appreciation Day, celebrated on the 22nd of September every year. Despite its rather facile origin, Elephant Appreciation Day evolved[…]Read More
Jasmine’s Story – Why Elephants Do Not Belong In Cities?
A few years ago, when our vehicles would screech to a halt at the traffic signal, it would not be unusual to find an elephant right in the middle of the traffic jam in Delhi. The man perched atop the elephant’s back would poke a bullhook behind the elephant’s ear, forcing it to move. The exhausted elephant would slowly make its way through[…]Read More
Caring For Young Elephants
What do Coconut, Laxmi, Ramu and Zara share in common? Apart from the fact that they’re all rescued from traumatic conditions, they are all highly mischievous and the youngest residents of the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre. Learn all about how we care for the young elephants. [Photo (c) Wildlife SOS/Mradul[…]Read More
Socialisation Of Rescued Elephants At Wildlife SOS
Elephant herds are the living examples of the strongest familial relationships in the wild, each member of the herd has a role to play to ensure that the herd is safe. For an animal that thrives in the company of similar majestic beings, a life in captivity is nothing short of torture and injustice. This is precisely why, when rescued elephants,[…]Read More
Wildlife SOS Provides COVID19 Relief Kits To Kalandars
The Wildlife SOS Kalandar Rehabilitation Programme was introduced after the safe rescue and rehabilitation of 628 sloth bears from the dancing bear practice. It was pertinent to understand that until an alternative source of employment could not be provided to the community involved in this practice, they would resort to the earlier methods of[…]Read More
Zara Celebrates First Rescueversary With Wildlife SOS
At Wildlife SOS, first rescue anniversaries celebrate the journey of freedom that our elephants embark upon. Each rescued elephant brings with them their own share of burdened memories, lack of rest and their weak bodies riddled with scars and wounds. An elephant’s memory is applauded for their ability to never forget but when such memories of[…]Read More
“Why haven’t you removed the bell around that elephant’s neck?”
One of the most common questions we get after saving an elephant is, “why does she still have a bell on?” It’s an emotional subject because after all, it’s a symbol of their brutal life laboring on the streets. Despite their size and weight, elephants can walk very quietly. When they’re in an unnatural setting like a busy city,[…]Read More
Celebrating Wildlife SOS’ Team Of Veterinarians On World Veterinary Day
It is believed that not all heroes wear capes, some of them don a green Veterinary scrubs and set out each day to ensure that the animals under our care are doing fine. The world calls them “veterinarians” but we call them “our wildlife heroes”! This World Veterinary Day, we take you on some exclusive insights from the veterinarians of […]Read More
All You Need To Know About The Bird Flu
The new year has been welcomed with high hopes and the unkindly return of the Bird Flu also called the Avian Influenza or H5N1. The origin of bird flu can be traced to the late 1990s when the outbreak was first noticed in geese in China. Bird flu was labeled “highly contagious” by scientists and rapidly spread among birds and poultry. The[…]Read More
Elephant Of The Month – Zara
Awake and alert at the crack of dawn, Zara stands at the corner of her free-ranging field and lightly rumbles out to her neighbouring pachyderms. This activity has become a part of her daily routine and she thoroughly enjoys doing it every day without fail, often receiving responses from Walnut and Peanut! Her petite structure and small ears make […]Read More
Healing Wounds With Compassion and Comfort at Wildlife SOS
The heartbreaking sight of a wounded elephant walking in pain along busy highways and narrow streets is the most prominent sign of abuse and ignorance that can be represented. Many people firmly believe that the elephant, whose body hosts chronic, infected wounds and abscesses, is actually well taken care of but the reality is far from what is[…]Read More
Erika – Elephant of the Month!
62-year-old Erika’s history is shrouded in pain, agony and utter neglect – however, that hasn’t subdued her indomitable spirit in any way. If anything, this dauntless courage shines through every day that we’ve known her. From the exhausted, weak, and utterly malnourished elephant that roamed the dusty streets of Haryana to the tall,[…]Read More
Rescued Elephants Welcome Winters at Wildlife SOS
As the bright sunshine pierces through the dense fog and mist of the morning, our elephants can be seen pausing amidst their walks to bask under the sun at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre. The month of December, with its unpredictable and delightful rainfall, prepared us all for a chilly winter that was lurking around the[…]Read More
Illuminating minds: The Importance of Education in the lives of the Kalandar Community
The importance of a thorough education in today’s world cannot be understated. Education not only provides us a way of earning a livelihood but also enables us to extricate ourselves from generations of misinformation, superstition and false beliefs and break free of the vicious circle of poverty. When our co founders Kartick Satyanarayan[…]Read More
Will Other Indian Cities Follow Delhi’s Bold Leadership?
One year ago, a begging elephant we call Jasmine, was loaded onto a truck in Delhi and transferred to a forested elephant rescue center in the state of Haryana. Although Jasmine leaving the city was a turning point in her life, it was also a historical day for Delhi. Prior to the exodus of Jasmine, elephants had been kept in Delhi for[…]Read More
Building a Future for India’s Elephants
We are running out of space to care for new elephant rescues With the grand opening of India’s only dedicated elephant hospital in 2018, Wildlife SOS has become a beacon of hope for India’s elephants. As the number of pachyderm patients continues to grow at the Elephant Hospital, Wildlife SOS is planning for a future providing research and […]Read More
Year of arrival: 2013 Age at the time of arrival: 55 years-old Sex: Female Personality traits: Calm and reserved Facility: Elephant Rehabilitation Centre Recognisable traits: Tallest elephant at the centre and the matriarch of the ERC herd Present health condition: Receiving regular toenail trimming sessions and medicated[…]Read More
Spooktacular Halloween at Wildlife SOS!
The end of October brings chills down our spines and we have more than the sudden dip in the temperatures to blame! The spooky season and the Halloween celebrations have become an annual fall tradition, not only for our rescued elephants, sloth bears and leopards but even our animal care staff. They got into the Halloween spirit by carving out[…]Read More
Caring for Blind Elephants at Wildlife SOS
With Arya’s arrival at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital, there are now a total of 6 rescued blind elephants under our care. These elephants have endured brutality and pain, which caused irreversible damage to their body and mind. Severe malnutrition coupled with lack of timely medical treatment for eye injuries that were caused by repeated […]Read More
Lilly Completes 6 Years at the Elephant Rehabilitation Centre!
With her larger than life personality and enthusiastic trumpeting, it is very easy to distinguish Lilly from the rest of the herd which resides at the Elephant Rehabilitation Centre, situated in Haryana. Watching Lilly enjoy her peaceful walks around the densely forested area with her companions or mischievously sneaking out treats from her[…]Read More
Delhi’s Last Elephant, Jasmine, Celebrates One Year of Freedom!
It would be a common sight for people residing in Delhi to witness an elephant making her way through the narrow streets and heavy traffic. With blaring horns causing immense psychological distress to her, one year ago, nobody would have believed that Jasmine would ever be liberated from this abusive life. Jasmine’s day would include endless[…]Read More
2004 The Elisabeth Lewyt Award for Disaster Management & Planning: Elisabeth Lewyt was a pioneer in the field of animal protection and understood the importance of involving private sector to take the message forward. Our co-founders have been bestowed with this award, twice, for their exemplary contribution in the field of conservation, in[…]Read More
Our “Spirited” Elephant Of The Month: Jasmine!
Almost a year ago, an elephant navigating through the congested city roads of the National Capital of Delhi would have been a common sight for the residents and the tourists, alike. Some would feel pity for this elephant while, some would fight with her owner for putting her through this misery. A casual glance at Jasmine, one of Delhi’s last[…]Read More
Year of arrival: 2020 Age at the time of arrival: about 21 years-old Sex: Female Personality traits: Calm and cooperative Recognisable features: A hole in her right ear Facility: Treatment Unit at ECCC Favourite food: Watermelons Closest to: Arya Favourite activities: Enjoys splashing around the water from her bucket of[…]Read More
Nightly Prowl takes a Grave Turn as Leopard falls into a Well in Uttar Pradesh!
The prized possessions of the wild find themselves in serious incidents and escaping death at every turn, whether it is being involved in a road accident with speeding vehicles running over them or falling into uncovered wells which may be dry or, on unlucky days, filled up to the brink with water. In India, leopards often find themselves as[…]Read More
Keeper of the Month: Babu Lal!
Our elephants have the chance at life once again, due to the care and compassion of our elephant keepers, who work day-in and day-out so that our elephants are comfortable and content. Of one such large-hearted man is Babu lal, Asha and Suzy’s keeper, who hails from a village near Palwal, Haryana and has dedicated their entire life into taking[…]Read More
The Seven-year Long Tale of Companionship and Courage: Erika & Ella!
Their fates were stitched together when they were spotted in different districts of Haryana, begging for survival, tirelessly, day in and day out. With battered bodies and broken spirits, they had no respite from walking around unnatural surfaces and lifting their trunks for imparting “blessings” to people at the piercing poke of a bull-hook[…]Read More
Wildlife SOS Transit Facility
The Wildlife SOS Transit Facility was established in 1999 in collaboration with the Haryana Forest Department, Government of Haryana, with the primary objective of assisting the state forest department with rescue, medical treatment and release of injured, orphaned wild animals referred to Wildlife SOS by the forest department. Spiralling land[…]Read More
Sehnaz was left without a guiding light when her father passed away in 2014 and her family had no source of income to sustain themselves, which meant formal education was going to be a distant dream for this child. Wildlife SOS Kalandar Rehabilitation Programme helped Sehnaz’s dream become a reality and her life changed forever, as she[…]Read More
Elephant Rehabilitation Centre
The Ch. Surinder Singh Elephant Rehabilitation Centre (ERC) is situated at Ban Santour, Yamunanagar, Haryana and is a project undertaken by the Haryana Forest Department, Government of Haryana in collaboration with Wildlife SOS. The objective of the centre is to rehabilitate and provide a high degree of veterinary care, treatment, and enrichment[…]Read More
The Grand, Old Dame of the Elephant Rehabilitation Centre: Ella!
Entering through the thick and dense forested area of Wildlife SOS Ch. Surinder Singh Elephant Rehabilitation Centre, Ban Santour, Yamunanagar in Haryana, a beautiful, long lashed Ella can be spotted taking measured, slow steps on the soft ground, occasionally pausing for a break to spot a fresh fruit on the tree! As her keeper waits for her to[…]Read More
Jasmine’s rescue brings an end to Delhi’s love affair with captive elephants
In a city that is always flooded with people, it is hard to imagine that there would be enough space for a large mammal such as an Asian elephant. Yet Delhi has had a special history with captive elephants that were used for myriad cultural activities within the city. Today, with the rescue of the last captive elephant of Delhi Jasmine (formerly[…]Read More
Understanding the Distribution of Three Species of Bears in Northeast India
Since 2012 Wildlife SOS has been working with bear biologists from the IUCN Bear Specialist Group and Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University to determine the distribution of bears in northeast India and Bhutan. Three species of bear occur in northeast India including the Asiatic black bear, the sloth bear and the sun bear. Particular attention[…]Read More
A new life for Kalpana!
The poaching of wild elephants for captivity is not only unimaginably cruel to the individual elephants poached, it severely threatens the future of elephants in India. Following the capture from their natural habitat, abuse and suffering become an everyday life occurrence for these captive elephants. Kalpana’s story is representative of the[…]Read More
Saying Goodbye To Our Beloved Akbar Bear!
The month of July started on a very sad note for the Wildlife SOS family, as we suffered an unexpected loss in the form of our beloved bear Akbar. A little over 26 years of age, he lost his long fight against severe pulmonary Tuberculosis and liver dysfunction. Often referred to as “The Angry Old Man” by our bear keepers, Akbar’s[…]Read More
Educational Support For Kalandar Students In Bhopal & Deoria!
It's that time of the year again, which marks a busy time for Wildlife SOS’s Kalandar Rehabilitation Programme team as they set up their annual stationary and school book distribution camp across India. Over the years, Wildlife SOS has designed and carried out several initiatives to help provide alternative forms of livelihood, education as well […]Read More
Awareness Programs In Delhi NCT
The last weeks have seen a lot of public engagement and awareness in the Delhi NCR particularly among schoolchildren, as the Wildlife SOS team has been conducting awareness workshops and talks in the city aimed at increasing sensitization of young children towards the incredible wildlife they share their planet with. The first talk was at the[…]Read More
Notorious Tiger Poacher Convicted To Jail Sentence
Nearly five years ago, in a daring operation involving a daylight car chase and ambush through the streets of Delhi NCR Gurgaon area, Bhima Bawaria a notorious tiger poacher was arrested red handed with tiger skeleton, tiger skin, ivory and live turtles in his possession. This was a joint operation conducted by Wildlife SOS, Wildlife Crime[…]Read More
Young Jackal Rescued From A 40 Foot Deep Well In Maharashtra
An occupant of Vadaj village, farmer Anil Salunke had stepped out to turn on the water well pump for the day but little did he expect to find a jackal trapped inside it. The nearly 40 foot deep uncovered well is located in the periphery of the neighbouring forest, which is home to several wild animals. Concerned for the well-being of the animal,[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
WSOS Conducts Leopard Awareness & Conservation Programs in Junnar, Maharashtra
Maharashtra is known to have a rich population of leopards and for years, these elusive cats have been living and breeding quietly amongst the growing human population residing in close proximity to their natural habitat. However, in recent years, due to the rapid infringement of human settlements and expansion of agriculturally used land near[…]Read More
Wildlife SOS at the India Art Fair
At Wildlife SOS, we’re used to being surrounded by an amazing herd of elephants, but the end of January found us in the midst of a rather colourful group of painted fibreglass elephant statues as Wildlife SOS geared up for the 2016 edition of its Art for Elephants fundraiser at none other than the India Art Fair! The India Art Fair, held[…]Read More
Wildlife SOS Rescued Leopard Cub from Poachers
The call comes in at 11:00 am. Leopard. Looks like a cub. Caught in a trap. Tikli village, on the border of Delhi and Gurgaon. The Wildlife SOS rescue team is on their way less than ten minutes later, hurtling down the road, rescue equipment at the back of the vehicle. The tension is palpable. Trapped leopards rarely survive the anger of[…]Read More
Art For Elephants; A Fundraiser For Elephant Conservation and Care Center
The staff at Wildlife SOS spent their weekend surrounded by elephants a little different from the ones we are used to. More than sixty exquisite fibre glass elephants were on display at the Le Meridian Hotel, hand-painted by some of India’s finest artists, as part of a fundraiser for the wonderful animals in our care. The elephants started out[…]Read More
India’s First Elephant Ambulance is On The Road to Freedom
The elephant peering over the walls of the truck makes quite a sight for the people zooming by in their cars. Her trunk occasionally sniffs the air as if to check what progress the vehicle has made on its cross-country journey towards the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, Mathura. Mia has little idea where she is headed, or what lies in store […]Read More
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[…]Read More
Talking About Trade: NIAW Workshop by Wildlife SOS on Wildlife Crime
Amidst the chaos of the overcrowded city of Delhi, it’s easy to overlook its more elusive, smaller occupants. This includes a diverse number of urban wildlife species like civet cats, monitor lizards, a startling variety of birds and non-venomous snakes like sand boas, rat snakes, wolf snakes, royal snakes and pythons, along with just two[…]Read More
Rescues and Road kill- Issued in Public Awareness
The Gurgaon-Faridabad expressway extends from Sikanderpur, Gurgaon to Pali-Bhakri, Faridabad, connecting major industrial zones, tourist destinations and corporate offices, as well as the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Since becoming operational in 2012, and with subsequent expansions and widening, the nearly 30 km long road has become a[…]Read More
Top 10 Animal Rescues of the Year 2014
This past year has been an eventful one. We have achieved many victories and conducted successful rescue operations in an attempt to conserve wildlife and educate people on how to deal with wildlife encounters. To coexist with wildlife peacefully is a virtue as human development progressively encroaches on wildlife habitat which in turn increases[…]Read More
Rescuing India’s 67 Remaining Circus Elephants
PRESS RELEASE After eradicating the brutal, centuries-old practice of dancing bears in India, Wildlife SOS is now ready to take the first steps toward rescuing all of the remaining 67 circus elephants in India. In the first phase of this campaign, Wildlife SOS plans to facilitate the rescue of 17 elephants. Wildlife SOS is launching a[…]Read More
Ashish Batura has been a dedicated and invaluable member of the Wildlife SOS team since 2008. Recently, he relocated to Haryana where he has become the Coordinating Officer for the Elephant Rehabilitation Center. We recently sat down with him to find out more about his personal experiences working for Wildlife SOS and his work with the[…]Read More
Newest Member Of The Wildlife SOS Family, Lilly!
Following the iconic midnight rescue operation of ‘Raju’ Elephant, carried out by Delhi based NGO - Wildlife SOS, it was now Lilly’s turn for freedom, a 35 years old female elephant who was freed from her shackles by a team from Wildlife SOS and the Haryana Forest Department. Like most wildlife rescue operations, this effort also concluded[…]Read More
Elephant Conservation and Care Center
Located in Agra, adjacent to our bear rescue centre, is a piece of land we call Elephant Conservation and Care Center. There, several elephants who used to spend their days doing hard work in often harsh conditions, are living out their retirement years in peace and safety. No longer forced to bear heavy loads, or walk on hot pavement, these[…]Read More
Founders of Wildlife SOS honored
The Limca Book of records celebrated their 25th year of existence by honoring 25 women for their contributions to society. Our co-founder, Geeta Seshamani was one of the 25 women and she was honored for her contribution to animal welfare and conservation that has spanned a period of over 34 years. Wildlife SOS Co founder - Kartick Satyanarayan[…]Read More
By Amanjeet Kaur Captive elephants in India have a cruel history of being used for begging, held in temples for 'blessings' or forced to perform in circuses. Wildlife SOS is trying to improve the situation for these elephants by helping injured and sick elephants that are forced to work in oppressive conditions. Wildlife SOS currently runs[…]Read More
Giant Reptilian visitor paralyses South Delhi’s Nelson Mandela Marg
By Aishuwarya Sudarshan One breezy October morning saw hundreds of people gather on Nelson Mandela Road.They were witnessing a first of its kind! A seven foot python snake was spotted on a tree. Frantic calls started pouring into the Wildlife SOS Helpline all explaining how the python was on a compound wall. The Wildlife SOS Helpline team led[…]Read More
Wildlife SOS celebrates Wildlife Week
By Aishuwarya Sudarshan Wildlife SOS celebrated Wildlife Week this year with the usual pomp and enthusiasm as always in the past. Wildlife SOS team members in different parts of India organized and participated in awareness activities and events for wildlife sensitization. Awareness programs, documentary screening, nature walks and participation[…]Read More
Long Billed Vulture has a narrow escape
By Aishuwarya Sudarshan Our rescue team in Agra received information from the Forest Department that a young Vulture was spotted with a wound on his wing. There was further reason for us to worry! An anonymous caller further said that the local villagers were superstitious about this bird being a bad omen for their village and may club him to[…]Read More
Giant Pythons and Bewildered farmers!
By Aishuwarya Sudarshan The first time we heard of Gadauli village in Uttar Pradesh, a few hours from the Taj Mahal was when we heard about a giant python having moved in! The entire village was abuzz with news of a python who decided to take up residence in their village! A senior forest officer at Agra had received information that a twelve[…]Read More
Reptile Smugglers at Delhi Airport!
By Aishuwarya Sudarshan Imagine being bound and gagged with your arms folded behind your back and your feet duct taped tight ! This is how we found Rango at the Delhi International Airport when security cameras spotted a strange movement at the departure terminal! Airport officers were gob smacked to find a long green creature struggling to[…]Read More
Barn Owls and Voodoo Rituals
By Aishuwarya Sudarshan Bird watchers are keen on Owls, but why would a washer man or 'dhobi' want barn owls??? Itâ€™s not uncommon for the WSOS hotline to receive strange calls in the middle of the night, callers reporting cobras from toilet bowls and dinosaurs from back yards, but this was a first even for us! The caller on[…]Read More