Coconut

Year of rescue: 2015 Age at the time of rescue: 12 years old  Sex: Female Personality traits: Playful and innocent Recognisable features: Depigmentation on her trunk  Present health condition: Healthy; not undergoing any treatment, regular foot baths Facility: Treatment Unit at ECCC Favourite food:[…]

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Spotlight On The Spotted Owlet!

Spotted owlets are common across the Indian subcontinent. You can spot one peeping out of a tree hole, or an entire family huddled together on a tree’s branch! Both the male and female of this species look alike: they have greyish-brown upperparts and white spots overall. Compared to most owls, this owlet has a relatively smaller body[…]

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Essential Enrichments For Sloth Bears

Wildlife SOS embarked upon an iconic journey to resolve the ‘dancing’ bear practice in India. During this project, it was observed that the rehabilitated Sloth bears exhibited certain unique behaviours. The bears had faced immense trauma as a consequence of lack of resources and physical torture. These experiences manifest into stereotypic[…]

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Nathan: Our Veteran ‘Bear Of The Month’ From Van Vihar

At the time when Wildlife SOS was establishing the Van Vihar Bear Rescue Facility (VVBRF), authorities at the Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, placed four rescued wild sloth bears under the long-term care of Wildlife SOS, one of whom was Nathan. Nathan is a 30-year-old female and is our ‘Bear of the Month’. She has been[…]

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Birds Need You This Summer!

Harsh. Sweltering. Unforgiving. Scorching. These are just a few of the many words being used to describe the heatwaves that have blanketed India in the last two months. The average temperatures, especially in the Northern parts of the country, have reached a shocking 50 degree Celsius! We’ve found solutions to beat the summer heat for ourselves […]

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Elephant Of The Month – Star Of The Nut Herd, Coco!

Circuses were once a common place to sight elephants. They were made to perform to entertain audiences. However, each elephant was subjected to physical torture and mental trauma while being trained and were kept under dire conditions. Coconut was a victim of these circumstances. In 2015, she was  rescued by Wildlife SOS from a circus in[…]

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Bear Of The Month Kamli

Sweet, energetic and charming – Kamli is a very enchanting bear, but she wasn’t always this way. She has had a painful past, just like most of the others at Agra Bear Rescue Facility. She was stolen as a cub from her mother, who was probably killed by poachers, to be sold into the barbaric ‘Dancing Bears’ tradition in the city of Varanasi […]

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Mother’s Day Special – Wonderful Moms In India’s Jungles!

As Mother's Day comes along, we would like to take the time to highlight some of the most loving and daring mothers found in India's jungles. These moms are ready to risk it all; be it carrying their young ones on their backs, nursing them despite the harshest conditions, or even fighting tooth and nail for their offspring's safety! Nature is[…]

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Bear Of The Month – Our ABRF Veteran, Mangee!

Mangee became one of the earliest members of the Wildlife SOS family when we rescued her in the winter of 2002 from a Kalandar family in Uttar Pradesh. Cubs being poached from the wild, while their mothers were killed when they tried to defend their young, is the most common story with regards to ‘dancing bears’. Eventually the delicate[…]

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Bear Of The Month – Elvis

Jovial, extroverted, and playful - a personality like that of Elvis is impossible to miss and be charmed by. The seven-year-old is possibly one of the most lovable and friendly sloth bears residing at the Wildlife SOS Agra Bear Rescue Facility. However, his life today is in sheer contrast to what it was when he was rescued by our team in the year […]

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Meet Kuber, The Bear Who Overcame Insurmountable Hurdles

A mother killed in the wild by poachers and leaving the cubs to fend for themselves is a brutal truth, and something similar happened to Kuber and his brother Nakul. These bear siblings were around two months old when their mother was killed by poachers, leaving the cubs alone and vulnerable in the forest. Fortunately, the Wildlife SOS[…]

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Kabilan

Year of arrival: 2007 Age at the time of arrival: One-and-a-half years Sex: Male Personality traits: Playful and filled with energy Recognisable features: A previously infected muzzle, which is now completely healed Present health condition: Currently being provided vitamin[…]

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Dolly

Year of rescue: 2006 Age at the time of rescue: 5  Sex: Female Personality traits: Active, inquisitive, curious Recognisable features: A piercing wound on her muzzle from her daning bear days Present health condition: Under geriatric care Facility: Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Centre Favourite food: Peanut butter, dates, […]

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Holding on To Asha, Holding on To Hope

On 23rd January, our ever-shining ray of Hope, Asha (meaning hope in Hindi), bid us farewell. The Elephant Conservation and Care Center that once reverberated with Asha's loud trumpets and the laughter of her caregiver, Babu Lal, fell silent. As Asha left, she took a piece of all our hearts with her. Yet, what she left behind was a pivotal lesson […]

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Caregiver Of The Month : Murari Lal

The  caregivers at all the Wildlife SOS Centers are extremely hard-working, dedicated and passionate in their work with the animals. They form the backbone of our organisation who are responsible for the daily well-being of the animals. One such member of the bear care staff is Murari Lal who, for the last eleven years, has been caring for[…]

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Bear Of The Month – Leena

The bear of the month for November is our shy and introverted Leena! Unlike some of our other bears who catch the eyes of all the caregivers in the vicinity, Leena prefers not to be the centre of attention. Rather, she is one of the quieter and more withdrawn bears at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility. She usually keeps to herself and prefers to[…]

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Elephant Of The Month: Peanut

Wildlife SOS’s youngest ever rescue and a cherished member of the Nut Herd, our Elephant of the Month for October is none other than the sprightly and vivacious Peanut!  Peanut then v/s now. Photo (c) Wildlife SOS. Peanut along with three other young elephants was rescued from a circus in Maharashtra where they were reduced to mere[…]

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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[…]

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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,[…]

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Bear Of the Month – Ron

Youngest of the sloth bear sleuth and every keeper’s favourite, The Bear of the Month for August is Ron! His bubbly aura and vivacious personality warmed the hearts of staff and visitors alike. Ron was rescued in 2019 by Wildlife SOS’s anti-poaching unit ‘Forest Watch’ in a heroic operation. Ron along with four other sloth bears were[…]

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Here Is How Our Resident Animals Beat The Summer Heat!

Temperatures soaring to nearly 50 degrees centigrade (122F), every human across India is facing the brunt of this brutal summer! The summer months can be uncomfortable—even dangerous—for animals and people. It's difficult enough simply to cope with rising temperatures, let alone humidity. To avoid things from getting intense and to make our[…]

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Elephants Beat The Heat In Jumbo Pools

As maximum temperatures reach up to 47 degrees Celsius in parts of Uttar Pradesh, the team at the Elephant Conservation & Care Centre, Mathura have taken innovative measures to help the elephants beat that summer heat! At ECCC, all 28 resident pachyderms have access to their very own Jumbo swimming pools as well as water sprinklers that[…]

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Elephant Of The Month: Wally

6 years ago, Wally was rescued from a circus and rehabilitated to the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre. As a performing elephant, Wally’s routine was fixed – forced to stay awake for hours and trained mercilessly to perform tricks such as playing with a football. As a reward, he would be given a meager amount of dry[…]

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The Tale of Tipu

In 2006, a goatherd who had taken his goats out to graze near a forest area in Mysore, Karnataka, was shocked to find an unexpected animal joining the herd. It turned out that a Sloth bear cub had followed his goats out of the forest! The young bear must have wandered too far from his mother and had gotten lost in the forest. Concerned[…]

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2021 COVID Updates

October 25, 2021 As we draw close to the end of 2021 the pandemic continues still, though with less impact, to affect the way we live our lives and the experiences we have access to. Our devoted animal care team have ensured throughout the pandemic that all of our animals have continued to experience the very best of care, as always. We[…]

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Bear Of The Month, Kuber’s Tale Of Ten Years!

Kuber was only a few months old when he took timid steps into the vast expanse of the Wildlife SOS Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Centre in Bengaluru. Anxious to unfamiliar faces and new surroundings, Kuber and his brother, Nakul, were cowering in fear and shivering in starvation. They were rescued by Wildlife SOS anti-poaching unit “Forestwatch”[…]

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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[…]

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Jai Makes His Way Home: Updates From the Field

*GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING* As we approach the new year, we have asked for your help in rescuing another elephant that desperately needs our care - 50-year-old Jai is now on the verge of a new journey of recovery with Wildlife SOS. Jai's story is heartrending - His cruel owner forced Jai to walk thousands of miles in spiked chains which led[…]

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Mia Celebrates Her Rescueversary With a Jumbo Feast

As gentle rumbles puncture the dawn at the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura, 47-year-old Mia can be seen against the horizon with her constant companion Rhea, both of them walking at a slow, measured pace. Having reached the last leg of their daily walk, the two suddenly caught a whiff of something interesting; they sauntered off[…]

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Keeper of the Month: Dadapeer!

In the densely forested area of the Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Centre, in Bengaluru, Dadapeer can be spotted hurriedly making his way to the bear kitchen as it nears feeding time! His brisk walking style and larger-than-life attitude make him a special member of the Wildlife SOS bear care team. Presenting Keeper of the Month from Bannerghatta[…]

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Maya Celebrates 10-Year Milestone In Her Road To Recovery

“They say an elephant never forgets. What they don't tell you is, you never forget an elephant.” Anyone who meets Maya will heartily agree with the above statement. Once you interact with the exuberant pachyderm, it is impossible to forget her vivacity and joie-de-vivre. As she stands tall and proud munching on fresh, juicy sugarcane next[…]

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Elephant of the Month: Macadamia

Five years ago, four battered, bruised and dispirited elephants were rescued from a circus in Maharashtra. These young elephants were illegally poached and trafficked across borders to be subjected to a lifetime of misery and were forced to perform unnatural tricks for an audience who knew nothing of the pain they were in. The rescue ended their[…]

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Surreal Splash for Our Rescued Pachyderms!

Time and again, your feeds on social media will be filled with one of our rescued elephants splashing around in the pools in their enclosures or napping comfortably in it. More often than not, an image of our elephants completely submerged in water with just a trunk lazily hanging on the edge shows their complete relaxation and joy. In the[…]

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Elephant of the Month: Sanjay!

There is something majestic and regal about a tusker walking, in all his grandiosity. For wildlife enthusiasts, spotting a tusker in the wild is the high-point of their lives. However, the brutal trade of poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking has made these sightings in the wild rarer than ever. Of one such brutalising story is that of[…]

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Nourishing Lives At the Wildlife SOS Bear Rehabilitation Centres!

When it comes to wild animals such as leopards, elephants and sloth bears that cannot be released back into their natural habitats, enrichments play a very important role in their rehabilitation. As free beings in their natural habitats, these animals spend hours in a day foraging for food and travelling long distances looking for apt shelters.[…]

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Rampant Killing Of Elephants In India Must Be Prevented

India is a country rich in biodiversity and has a blend of cultures and a rich heritage that emphasizes the mythological importance of elephants that are prolific in Indian art, architecture, folklore and popular culture. Elephants are worshipped as avatars of the Elephant God “Lord Ganesh” but also, in ancient India they were used in battle[…]

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Bear of the Month – Kandi

As the sun rises over the Agra Bear Rescue Facility, a distinctive sound is heard across the centre. The keepers know who it is, and merely say, “Oh there goes Kandi, again.” The early riser makes his presence known the minute his eyes open and he’s not the lazy type at all. Waking up to a bright morning, Kandi rushes out into his enclosure […]

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Benefits of a Veggielicious Diet on Eat Your Vegetables Day!

We have all probably grown up with our parents having to chase us to finish that lone piece of broccoli or the bits of carrots that lay abandoned in our plates. Even at our schools, teachers would give us countless lessons on the importance of eating vegetables to gain strength and immunity. This holds true not only for us but also for the[…]

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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[…]

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Everyone’s Favourite “Nut Herd” Completes 5 Years at Wildlife SOS!

It seems not long ago that circuses across the country would be jam-packed with an audience ranging from toddlers to older people who would eagerly anticipate a jumbo wearing colourful jackets walking into the performing area to stand on its two legs or lift a human up with their dexterous trunks! By the end of the show, when everyone would have[…]

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Celebrating the Four-Legged Moms this Mother’s Day!

Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, while most of ours have two limbs, there are some special ones that walk the face of Earth each day, protecting their little ones and teaching them all that they need to know about how to survive.  We are, of course, talking about some of nature’s formidable animal mothers! They constantly balance the[…]

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A Friend In Need Is A Sibling Indeed!

Every year, the world has an unofficial celebration of the wonderful relationship between siblings on the 10th of April. We share a beautiful equation with our brothers and sisters as we grow up, spending every moment of joy and pain, health and sickness together. We continuously nurture and groom each other to be better, and play a very integral […]

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Walnut

Year of rescue: 2015 Age at the time of rescue: 18 years old Sex: Male Personality traits: Playful and energetic  Recognisable features: Prominent, capped tushes Present health condition: Healthy; not undergoing any treatment except regular footbaths. Facility: Treatment Unit at ECCC Favourite food: Green[…]

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Peanut

Year of rescue: 2015 Age at the time of rescue: 6 years Sex: Female Personality traits: Mischievous, playful Recognisable features: Small, no depigmentation and slightly torn ears at the top Present health condition: Not undergoing any treatment, healthy  Facility: Treatment Unit at ECCC Favourite food:[…]

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Hamsi

Year of rescue: 2015 Age at the time of rescue: 4 years old Sex: Female Personality traits/quirks: Curious and playful Recognizable features: Abnormal gait due to gunshot wound Physical condition and ongoing health challenges: Not undergoing any treatment  Facility: Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Centre Favorite foods: […]

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Polly

Year of rescue: 2008 Age at the time of rescue: 6 years old Sex: Female Personality traits/quirks: Shy and lazy Recognizable features: None Physical condition and ongoing health challenges: Not undergoing any treatment; healthy Facility: Agra Bear Rescue Facility  Favorite foods: Coconut Sanctuary friends:[…]

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Elvis

Year of rescue: 2015 Age at the time of rescue: 3 months old Sex: Male Personality traits: Jovial, extroverted, playful Recognisable features: None Present health condition: Healthy; not undergoing any treatment Facility: Agra Bear Rescue Facility Favourite food: Watermelons, porridge, dates & coconuts Closest[…]

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Kuber

Year of rescue: 2011 Age at the time of rescue: 2 months old Sex: Male  Personality traits: Friendly, playful, very sociable. Kuber suckles on his brother Nakul’s ears when he is stressed Recognizable features: none so clear Physical condition and ongoing health challenges: Kuber’s physical condition currently is[…]

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Children At Art Fest 2020 Bring Alive The Tales Of Wildlife SOS

What a beautiful thing to have, imagination, and there is none stronger than that which is lent wings by a child’s whimsy and innocence. At the Children’s Art Fest 2020, a land of imagination was built by youngsters – they told stories capturing the essence of Wildlife SOS rescues, they stitched quilts for the elephants under the care of[…]

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Bear of the Month: Chameli

The enclosure number 1 at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility (ABRF) is known as the oldies’ den, where the sleuth of our elderly and blind bears resides. While the resident sloth bears of this enclosure take life at an easier pace due to their advancing age, one cannot help but notice a stark exception in the group who singlehandedly tips the energy[…]

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Bear of the Month: Aleem

Aleem has been part of the Wildlife SOS family for over 13 years now. Currently residing at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility, Aleem’s past life was strikingly different than the one he lives today. Watching him play in the company of other rescued bears, it is almost impossible to believe that Aleem was once living under such brutal conditions,[…]

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A month into Kalpana’s journey at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital

Years of working and begging on the streets for her cruel master had broken down Kalpana’s body immensely and caused her a great deal of mental trauma. After nearly four decades of abuse and suffering, she finally found the much-deserved and needed respite in her life when she arrived at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital for treatment and care. […]

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Bear of the Month: Lakshmi

Lakshmi was just a cub when she was snatched away from her mother and her forested home, only to be sentenced to a life filled with misery and pain. She was forced to become a dancing bear and made to perform unnatural tricks for people’s entertainment. The horror Lakshmi had to go through to learn how to dance and perform is unspeakable. She[…]

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Bear of the Month- Kabilan!

Kabilan was rescued from a Kalandar settlement in Uttar Pradesh in 2007. He was a little over a year old at the time, but the young bear had already been exposed to a life of sheer cruelty. He was weak, half-starved and in absolute agony due to a muzzle infection, caused by the constant tugging of a course rope that was pushed through a pierced[…]

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Bear of the Month-Rose

Barely a year old, Rose was rescued from the state of Madhya Pradesh in 2016. Trapped in a poacher's snare, she fell victim to the heinous crime of poaching cubs from the wild and incorporating them into the cruel practice of dancing bears. Snares are lethal hunting devices which can cause severe lacerations, joint dislocations, mutilations,[…]

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Bear Of The Month: Ambika!

Six years old and nearly half the weight she should have been, Ambika was forced to spend her days working as a dancing bear in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Her Kalandar masters would keep her tied up all day long, with little access to potable water and feed her frugal meals which made her severely malnourishment and turned her coat dry and[…]

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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[…]

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Bear Of The Month: Sonia!

In 2008, the Wildlife SOS team rescued a timid little sloth bear from a Kalandar family in Andhra Pradesh. The bear was a little over nine months old but physically she appeared to be much younger owing to her tiny, gaunt frame. Lack of a healthy, nutritious diet coupled with unfavorable living conditions and neglect for her general well-being had […]

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Bear Of The Month: Nakul!

Nakul and his brother Kuber were barely a few months old when they were rescued from Tumkur district, Karnataka in 2011. Poachers had killed their mother who was trying to simply defend her babies. They were planning on smuggling the cubs out of the state but had to forfeit the plan and run off own their own before our team and law enforcers[…]

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Second Sloth Bear Cub Rescued From The Jaws Of Death In Karnataka

Just days after a nine month old female sloth bear was rescued from a deadly poacher’s snare on the outskirts of a forest in Gangadharan gudde, the Wildlife SOS team operating from the Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Center responded to another distress call about a wild bear that was reportedly trapped in a barbed wire fence outside a coconut[…]

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Bear Of The Month: Pooja

Pooja was around 18 months old when she first arrived at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility in 2008. She was rescued from a Kalandar community in Uttar Pradesh and as in the case of most captive sloth bears that were forced into becoming performing animals, Pooja bore the scars of physical and psychological abuse inflicted upon by her masters. The rope […]

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A Big Buffet For Our Rescued Eles On Elephant Appreciation Day!

Nearly every elephant in captivity has been caught from the wild, snatched from its family and mother by ruthless poachers – and then enslaved for the entirety of its life. The exploitation of elephants is not only horrifying in terms of the mental and physical impact it has on individual elephants in captivity, but also the extreme detrimental[…]

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It’s Peanut Day!

In April 2015, 6 year old Peanut  became the youngest elephant ever to be rescued by Wildlife SOS. Peanut was part of a group of four young elephants that had spent the entirety of their lives performing in a circus in the Indian state of Maharashtra. When not being made to perform demeaning and often dangerous tricks for the amusement of the[…]

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Celebrating Second Rescue Anniversary; Update On The Nut Herd Members!

With the summer of 2015 came warm sunshine and big changes at the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, Mathura – as not one, but four, new elephants made their way to their forever home at the Wildlife SOS rescue centre in northern India. Travelling all the way from the west Indian state of Maharashtra, these four elephants were not just the[…]

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Bear Of The Month: Amitabh!

On catching a glimpse of Amitabh taking a quiet, blissful nap in his forested enclosure at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility, one could find it rather difficult to imagine the horrors that this sloth bear has faced in the past. In 2003, we were fortunate enough to have rescued a seven month old Amitabh from a group of poachers before they had the[…]

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Bear Of The Month: Arifa!

Six year old Arifa was a victim of the ‘dancing bear’ trade, an illegal practice that was once prevalent across India. With no anesthesia, a red hot iron poker had been driven through her tender muzzle at a very young age and as part of the training process, Arifa would be beaten repeatedly and starved for days till she gave into the will of[…]

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Bear Of The Month: Goldie

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[…]

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Rose Bear Completes A Year With Wildlife SOS

Rescued as a badly wounded and terrified cub from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Rose has come a long way over the year since her rescue, but it is impossible for us to forget the heart-breaking condition she was in at the time of her rescue. She was found severely undernourished and weak after being left to fend for herself, having lost her left front […]

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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 suffering from[…]

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Injured Wild Elephant ‘Sidda’ Treated By Expert Veterinarians In India

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 close to Savandurga forest, home to[…]

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Bear Of The Month: Kanmani

A heavy iron ring forcefully pushed through their tender muzzle and a thick rope tied around the nose and neck, controlling their every move- such was the life most captive sloth bears were subjected to as part of their indoctrination process of becoming dancing bears. At merely one and half years of age, little Kanmani was already scarred by this […]

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Rhea’s Journey To Freedom

We've got some great news to share with you about Rhea, the circus elephant in Tamil Nadu who we've been trying to reunite with her sisters, Mia and Sita, at our center in Mathura. She has been rescued by our team and has been loaded on the truck safely, packed with loads of fresh fruits and buckets of water to keep her tummy full and hydrated[…]

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Unwell Kuber Bear Under Treatment

Kuber and his brother Nakul were mere 2 month old cubs when they were rescued from Tumkur district, Karnataka, in 2011. The two cubs were transferred to Wildlife SOS’s Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Centre in Bangalore, which went on to become their new home. 5 years on, Kuber has settled in perfectly at the centre with the rest of our rescued sloth[…]

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Ever Since Suzy: Continuing our Circus Elephant Campaign

05th February2015. Everything around her was darkness. She could hear scuffling, urgent whispers, and the low rumble of a large vehicle pulling up beside her. She could feel hands on her tiny body, reassuring her and easing off the chains that held her in place. But she couldn’t see anything, it was all dark. The hands felt unfamiliar but[…]

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Top 15 Rescues Of 2015

For Wildlife SOS, 2015 had its fair share of highs and lows, and brought with it all the memorable, pulse-racing moments of a busy year well-spent. Our teams, spread across India, are linked by a very special cause- rescuing wildlife in distress and bringing them to safety. These are the top 15 rescues we pulled off in 2015, thanks to your[…]

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Step-By-Step School Children Visit the Sloth Bears at ABRF

Mornings at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility find our rescued bears lazing about their enclosures or still fast asleep in their dens, but this morning, the centre was abuzz with activity, and even the animals could sense the excitement. With nearly 150 students from a private school in Noida visiting the centre, the flurry of activity was[…]

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Bear Of The Month: Ganesha !

Ganesh is a 19 year old male sloth bear who has been living at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility since being rescued by Wildlife SOS from Uttar Pradesh eleven years ago. At the time of his rescue, Ganesha was in dire straits- besides having had his muzzle pierced and canines broken like all dancing bears, the poor animal was also completely blind and[…]

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The Nutty Caravan Hits the Road for Home

Great news! The Nut Herd is currently on the road to their permanent home at our center in Mathura. When we rescued the four elephants from the Moonlight Circus in early April, their mental and physical health status was poor, so we decided to let them recuperate a bit before transporting them the 1400 km distance to join the Herd of Hope. They've […]

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Meet Kanmani

By Prathamesh One among the most active bear in ABRF is Kanmani. She is not just very active, she is also one of the youngest bears in her enclosure. She was just 1.5 years old, when we rescued her. At the time she was very malnourished and very sick. Today Kanmani is one of our most healthy, active and intelligent bears. She is now about 8 years […]

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Finally Free! Champa settles into her new home

It was nine years ago when we first saw Champa (Hindustani for Jasmine). She walked at a painfully slow pace on the scorching tarmac on a very hot summer day on the Delhi Agra Highway. As she uncomfortably lumbered into a small hotel just off the bustling free way, she clearly seemed to be in agony. She was limping and a closer look showed an[…]

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