Lessons From Pari – Elephant of The Month

They say everything around us is meant to teach us a lesson. At Wildlife SOS, we believe that our greatest teachers are our animals, specifically our elephants. From lessons on the importance of companionship to the power of forgiveness, our elephants are a trunk full of knowledge. One particular elephant, who continues to teach us vital lessons[…]

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Pari’s Long-Awaited Bell Removal!

The long-awaited day is finally here for the bell around Pari’s neck to finally come off. Pari has lived the last 20 years of her life being exploited as a begging elephant. She suffers from various health problems like severe bone degeneration, ankylosis, infected toenails, malnutrition, chronic abscesses on her body etc. Adding to her misery, […]

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One Month Into Pari’s Healing Journey!

20-year-old Pari could barely take a step without experiencing excruciating pain in her legs, yet she was forced to beg on the streets and used in wedding processions. Her poor condition and abnormal gait indicated that she has suffered severe neglect, lack of medical attention, and was chained for long hours leading to a permanent[…]

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Pari

Year of arrival: 2021 Age at the time of arrival: Approximately 20 years Sex: Female Personality traits: Currently a very stressed Elephant, as evident from her head bobbing (stereotypy behavior) Recognisable features: due to prolonged periods of being tied in an extreme posture, her front legs appear[…]

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Pari Is Coming Home – Follow Her Journey to Wildlife SOS!

A couple of days ago we wrote to you about Pari the elephant who desperately needs our help. November 29, 2021 – After extensive planning, the Wildlife SOS team is preparing to bring Pari to safety. The first and foremost step in any rescue operation is preparing the Elephant Ambulance to ensure a safe and trouble-free[…]

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Saving a Little Angel Named Pari

November 16, 2021 - This could be our most dangerous rescue ever, which is why we are unable to reveal many details about a little elephant named Pari who is in dire need of help. Pari means "angel" in Hindi. She is barely able to stand, yet still forced to work. The few photos we have of Pari are distressing and illustrate that she is in[…]

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Infosys Spends Saturday at BBRC!

When we come across the word ‘corporate’, what comes to mind instantly are air-conditioned rooms inside glass buildings in a busy, buzzing city. Who would think that corporations could play a meaningful role in conserving wildlife? Well, just as each of us, in our own ways, can help conserve wildlife, corporations too can contribute a[…]

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Leopard Reunions

In rural Maharashtra’s sugarcane fields, farmers often come across unexpected guests in the form of leopards. Maharashtra has the third-highest population of leopards in India, so human-leopard interface is not a rare occurrence. But why sugarcane fields specifically? The state of Maharashtra is the second-largest producer of sugarcane[…]

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Restoring Eco-Balance: Wildlife SOS Combats Climate Change

In order to tackle the climate crisis at hand, Wildlife SOS too has taken up the responsibility to include eco-friendly methods in its various duties. By planting trees at our rescue centres, restoring an entire forest, using solar energy at our rescue centres and providing aid in biodiversity conservation, Wildlife SOS is doing its best to[…]

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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 […]

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Wildlife Folklores And A Potpourri Of Fascinating Stories

What else can make your day better, than a story – or rather a set of stories! Folktales or folklores are common in all cultures. These are generally fables which mostly originate in a community and are passed down through generations by word-of-mouth. Just like human societies, there are folklores related to wildlife and wild animals too. Let[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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Eco-friendly Practices At Wildlife SOS Prove Sustainability Starts At Home

As a wildlife conservation organisation, we always remind ourselves that wildlife is a part of nature and without conserving nature, there would be no wildlife to protect. That is why at Wildlife SOS, we engage in several eco-friendly and sustainable practices keeping in mind the broader picture. Solar panels at BBRC which power the entire[…]

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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[…]

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Manjha Menace: Bird Injuries On The Rise Due To Kite Flying

Each year, Makar Sankranti is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in many parts of India. The day brings along social festivities such as colourful decorations, people singing and dancing, fancy treats and feasts, fairs, bonfires, and kite flying. The rejuvenating, joyful activity of kite-flying is particularly popular during this festival.[…]

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Follow Ginger’s Journey To Wildlife SOS

Just a day after Pari’s successful rescue, the Wildlife SOS team sets out on another mission to rescue Ginger. At approximately 60 years of age, Ginger has been living life as a begging elephant, adorning bright paint on her face and extending her trunk in front of people in the hopes of alms. At some point in her life, Ginger had been blinded[…]

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Reflecting and Rejoicing at Wildlife SOS!

Like a tradition that binds a family together, Christmas has become an integral part of Wildlife SOS. As December commences, every Wildlife SOS Rescue center reverberates with rumblings of ideas to make Christmas a joyous and memorable occasion for our resident animals. This year our care teams in Maharashtra, Agra, Bangalore, and Mathura left no […]

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Top Rescues of 2021

2021 has been a difficult year with the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. While it continued to affect all aspects of our lives, the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response teams remained committed to the cause and responded to myriad wildlife rescue calls. To pay homage to our dedicated and hard-working teams, we are highlighting some of the most[…]

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Top Fundraisers for 2021

Throughout the year Wildlife SOS has been fortunate to receive support from nearly 200 supporters who have started their very own fundraising campaigns for wildlife using Facebook’s fundraising tools. We’re incredibly grateful to each and every person who dedicated their birthday, wedding, holidays, or special occasion to wildlife by[…]

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2021 Elephant Rescue Recap – Four Beautiful Ladies!

Much like 2020, the uncertainty of COVID lockdowns and restrictions posed significant obstacles to overcome for our rescue teams. But these added challenges didn't slow our efforts to help as many captive elephants as we could, bringing four new members to the Wildlife SOS family. Please welcome Emma, Nina, Pari and Ginger! SUPPORT THE[…]

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Leopard Rescued from Aligarh College

Human-wildlife conflicts have become a regular occurrence due to the continuous decline in natural animal habitation and forest cover. Human encroachments on forest lands have been steadily on the rise for the last many decades and as a result, wild animal sightings in human habitations has become the new norm. Leopard is one such animal that[…]

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Volunteers & Visitors: Frequently Asked Questions

Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation & Care Centre (ECCC) Mathura & Agra Bear Rescue Facility (ABRF) A Application process Continue to complete the online process within our Volunteer page on the WSOS website. once you have confirmed your preferred dates and completed the required information fields a member of our team will get[…]

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Staff Profile Of The Month – Rakhee Sharma

Many people are unaware of the important role that local communities can play in wildlife conservation. When Wildlife SOS spearheaded the eradication of the dancing bear practice in India, the community which was dependent on these bears for a livelihood, the Kalandars, looked at us with wary eyes for taking away their source of employment. We[…]

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Raju’s Seventh Year Celebrated With A Surprise!

The Wildlife SOS Field of Dreams witnessed an unusual amount of activity on the morning of 4th of July, this year. It turns out our elephant care staff was counting days to this grand day of celebration when they would organize a surprise feast for one of our beloved elephants— Raju! Seven years ago, everyone was moved to tears with Raju’s[…]

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Staff Profile Of The Month – Lavanya Raju

Lavanya takes a walk with Chanchal at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre. Lavanya Raju is the Director of Finance and Administration based in our small Utah, USA office. She joined Wildlife SOS in 2015. You can often find Lavanya working closely with our supporters on questions about their monthly donations, estate[…]

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Volunteers From Atlassian Lend a Hand at BBRC

The Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Centre (BBRC), houses over 70 rescued sloth bears, and is located in Bengaluru, India. BBRC was established in the year 2005 with the purpose of providing high quality care and treatment to the rescued sloth bears, in collaboration with Karnataka Forest Department and Zoo Authority of Karnataka. The resident sloth[…]

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Three Leopard Cubs Reunited With Their Mother

Three months into the New Year and this heartwarming story of a reunion will fill you with a renowned sense of hope and happiness! The season of harvest announces its arrival in the country and directly coincides with the breeding season for leopards, who use the thick foliage of the sugarcane fields to give birth. The shielding from the tall[…]

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A Delicacy to the Sloth Bear Palate

Just as different corners of the earth are known for certain delicacies, whether it be New Orleans for its beignets, Paris for their macaroons, or New York for their pizza, different regions within sloth bear range also have their unique delicacies… at least to the sloth bear palate.  One of the more interesting ones is found on the Deccan[…]

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Bear of the Month: Cupid

A reigning joke at the Wildlife SOS Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Centre is that curiosity and an utter disregard for boundaries resulted in our dearest Cupid’s birth. Her mother, Kavi gave birth to the young cub at the start of 2015 after a probable tryst with a wild bear residing in the Bannerghatta National Park. Cupid’s birth was an utter[…]

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Bear Keeper of the Month: Mohammad Yasin

From a very young age, Mohammad Yasin would find an excuse to visit the Dachigam National Park for various reasons - from witnessing the beautiful snow-capped mountains of the Kashmir valley to spotting the wildlife endemic to this region. His artistic side always convinced his family that he would make a career in the creative field but his[…]

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Our Rescued Bears Gear Up For Winters

There is something dreamy about the sheath of white snow that covers the picturesque greenery in the Northern valley of Kashmir. This is the best time to spot our rescued Asiatic black bears and Himalayan brown bears in full zeal, frolicking around in snow! The Wildlife SOS Bear Rescue Centres in Jammu and Kashmir have welcomed the first snow of[…]

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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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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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Happy Tenth Rescueversary Bijli!

Bijli, whose name means ‘lightning’ in Hindi, truly lives up to her name and is always keeping her companions and caregiver on their toes with her antics. This gentle giant has undertaken a journey of ten years to recover from a tumultuous past and has transformed into a strong, confident elephant. Here’s  celebrating the[…]

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Keeper of the Month: Shabir Ahmed Bhat!

Hailing from the Northernmost state of India, with its breath-taking mountains and picturesque valleys, is Shabir Ahmed Bhat, our bear keeper at the Wildlife SOS Dachigam Bear Rescue Centre, Jammu and Kashmir. What makes Shabir the keeper of this month is his unmatched enthusiasm towards working for the betterment of wildlife and the efforts that […]

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Five Interesting Things about Sloth Bear Denning!

Like all bears, sloth bears make use of dens. However, the denning practices of the sloth bear vary substantially from the denning practices of other bear species. Unlike brown bears, or American black bears, sloth bears do not hibernate and therefore do not use dens in that capacity. However, sloth bears do use two types of dens: resting and[…]

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Publications

1. DANCING BEARS OF INDIA** (Published in August 1997)By Geeta Seshamani & Kartick Satyanarayan (Co-founders, Wildlife S.O.S) Important Disclaimer: Though this Study was funded by WSPA, WSPA has NEVER supported any of Wildlife S.O.S’s Bear Rescue Centres, Dancing BearRescue Projects or Kalandar Community Rehabilitation[…]

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Fodor’s Article Misleads Tourists About Ethics of Elephant Rides!

Fodor’s recently published a story that is misinforming tourists with industry propaganda that perpetuates cruelty to elephants. The once-reputable travel information source has been helping tourists for more than 70 years, but a recent article whose author claims to be a “responsible tourism writer,” tries to justify elephant rides for[…]

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Keeper Of The Month: Balu Mundhe!

Taking care of big cats is not an easy task, especially for the leopards under our care as they have been rescued from situations of conflict or serious injuries and some even bear the brunt of separation from their mothers at a young age. What makes the care of these majestic leopards possible is the utmost dedication of their caregivers who are […]

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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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The Importance Of A Healthy Amazon

Amazon forests extend over 550 million hectare land area encompassing several countries namely Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia, and Venezuela etc in the continent of South America. The extent of the forests is 1.7 times the total geographical area of India, which is 320 million hectare. With such an enormity the trees in these forests, take in […]

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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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Wildlife in Solidarity With The Changing Climate

“What do we want? Climate Justice. When do we want it? Now!” With Fridays for Future striking across the world, residents, students, and young activists took to the streets of New Delhi this month, to show their solidarity with the ongoing climate. As an organization that is working towards conserving India’s wildlife, it cannot be denied[…]

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Meet Veerpal: One of our Loving Bear Keepers

It’s been over 10 years since Veerpal joined Wildlife SOS and became a part of our family. Having worked at three of our rescue centers, Veerpal started at an early age and has ever since dedicated his life to taking care of the rescued sloth bears. How did you start working with Wildlife SOS? I heard about Wildlife SOS from my brother[…]

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Impart Sustainable Forests Management on this International Day of Forests

The foundations of the World Forestry Day can trace its roots back to 1971, at the 23rd General Assembly of European Confederation of Agriculture. Centering the focus on creating public awareness about the importance of forests, the idea was to associate international significance to the day. Hence, on the 28th of November 2012, by a resolution of […]

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Celebrating Priyanka’s First Year Anniversary!

Day after day for more than 40 years, Priyanka walked the hot, tarred roads inside the congested lanes of whatever cities, towns, and villages her "owner" demanded (she was in fact not legally owned). To him, this sweet elephant was nothing more than an ATM, a money-making machine to be used for begging on the streets — when she wasn't strapped[…]

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Leopard saved from drowning in a 30 ft deep well in Maharashtra!

The  Indian Leopard, is a Vulnerable species, as listed in the IUCN Red List and is widely distributed in the Indian subcontinent. With an estimated figure of 12,000-14,000 leopards remaining in the country, the need to heed even a single call for help is evident. One such unforeseen event was reported to Wildlife SOS, on 6th October, in the[…]

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Celebrating Gajraj’s First Rescue Anniversary!

The summer of 2017 brought warm sunshine and an atmosphere of excitement that lingered at ECCC as the staff was preparing to welcome elephant Gajraj, literally the King of Elephants, to take his first steps into a lifetime of freedom. Gajraj was given to the royal family of Aundh on the occasion of a wedding, and had since become an icon of[…]

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#SaveSuman Campaign

On September 27, 2011, in a dank and filthy circus camp in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, a 24 year old female elephant named Chanda gave birth to her second calf, a tiny baby girl named Suman. Suman’s father Bijli – a magnificent bull despite his missing left tusk – was also at the circus. Further off, her older sister stood restrained[…]

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Founder of ENP, Lek Chailert Visits The Elephant Conservation & Care Center

We set up our Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura in 2010, as the first and only one of its kind to care for and rehabilitate illegally owned, sick and injured elephants from across the country. One of the inspiring and guiding influences in our journey with elephants has been the indomitable Sangduen Chailert, fondly called Lek, the[…]

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Three Leopard Cubs Reunited With Mother in Nashik by Team Wildlife SOS

Earlier this week, local farmers in Brahmanwada village, Nashik stumbled upon three tiny leopard cubs huddled together amidst the dense sugarcane fields while harvesting their crops. The cubs were barely old enough to open their eyes and were mewling helplessly for their mother so the farmers called in the Forest Department for help.  It is not[…]

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Training Workshop For Regional Forest Officer Trainees at MLRC

The Telangana State Forest Officer Academy at Dulapally, Hyderabad has decided to include visit and training at the Wildlife SOS Manekdoh Leopard Rescue Centre as a part of its two year training curriculum. This is owing to the efficient management and mitigation of the Man-Leopard conflict in the region by Wildlife SOS and the ceaseless efforts[…]

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Meet Prakash, Our Caring Bear Keeper!

Prakash has been a part of the Wildlife SOS team for more than 14 years, having worked at both our Agra Bear Rescue Facility and now at our Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Facility. Prakash is extremely popular among the staff and the rescued sloth bears alike, because of the passion and genuine love for the animals he works with, that is so evident when […]

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Gajraj’s Rescue Journey To Our Elephant Conservation & Care Center!

BREAKING NEWS! Gajraj, the 70 year old bull whose name literally means 'the king of the elephants' has finally been rescued! As he makes his journey from Aundh to reach the Wildlife SOS' Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura along with our expert paramedics and rescue team, it will take them a couple of days to cover the 1500 kms[…]

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Pregnant Leopard Saved From Drowning, Loses Life To Injuries

In an all too familiar scenario in India, that sheds light on the dangers of open wells in villages near forests, the life of another innocent animal was claimed by this growing threat to wildlife in Maharashtra. Earlier this week, a female leopard ventured into Borwadi village located on the outskirts of Junnar leaving behind her safe hiding[…]

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Best auction yet! $60,000 in 10 days!

Our fourth annual auction was the biggest one yet! The amazing Wildlife SOS volunteers helped us collect more than 400 items from gracious donors all over the world. We simply could not have offered such variety in the auction without their help. We’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make this auction possible. Our USA-based[…]

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Wildlife SOS Celebrates National Wildlife Week

With its rugged mountains, rolling hills, dense forests and miles of sandy coasts,  India has been endowed with a rich and varied natural heritage enabling it to support an ecosystem that is home to wildlife species that are diverse, unique and often endemic to the subcontinent. However with the prioritization of urbanization that typically[…]

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An Unusual Visitor in Delhi’s Most Powerful Street

As dawn broke over the national capital, a nilgai also known as a blue bull decided to leave the comforts of her peaceful forested home located within the city and wandered into the unfamiliar concrete jungle that dominates it. Giving in to her curiosity, the large antelope soon found herself in Rajpath, New Delhi’s most powerful and highly[…]

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Pangolin Scales Seized From Poachers In Gwalior

In yet another incident that proves that poaching and illegal trade of wildlife species continues to be prevalent in India, three poachers in possession of several kilos of rare pangolin body parts were intercepted in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. The Wildlife SOS Anti-Poaching Unit (FOREST WATCH) recently received intelligence about an illicit[…]

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Ramdurga Valley in the Summers

The heat is almost unbearable, shooting to highs of almost 45°C, as the Wildlife SOS team hikes through the forests of Ramdurga, strong gusts of hot, dry wind sending wilted leaves and dust swirling about. Under their feet, an audible crunching noise emanates with each step as dead foliage is crushed underfoot and embedded into the parched[…]

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Injured Leopard Wanders Into a House in Karnataka

The residents of Bangalore woke up to yet another day of the hustle and bustle of the busy city life, meanwhile, just an hour away from the city; the residents of the laid back village of Hosadoddi were in for a rather unexpected morning. Injured and hungry, a leopard wanders into a house located close to the forest area, in search of food and a[…]

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123 Turtles Rescued From Poachers & Released Back Into The Wild

The bus conductor gestured towards the women waiting at the Anand Vihar Bus Terminal, indicating towards the open luggage compartment where they were to load their bags before boarding the bus. The three women stood up, and lugged their six bags towards the waiting vehicle. The policeman at the side looked on as people boarded the bus, sparing a[…]

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A Week with Wildlife SOS: The Chinmaya School Volunteers at our centers!

A group of thirteen students from the Chinmaya International School volunteered at Wildlife SOS’ Agra Bear Rescue Facility and Elephant Conservation and Care Centre for a week towards the end of the last month. The students had at least two things in common- they were all from the twelfth standard and were incredibly passionate about wildlife.[…]

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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[…]

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Rescued From Flames, Four Leopard Cubs Reunited With Mother.

The scrub jungles of Maharashtra have always been ideal leopard habitat, the dry deciduous forest providing the perfect cover for the stealthy cat to lurk in wait of unsuspecting prey- mostly small mammals that abound in the region. In recent years, however, encouraged by financial incentives, the cultivation of sugarcane in the region has[…]

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Mohan’s Current Rescue Situation

Mohan, chained and abused for the past 50 years of his life, needs to be rescued. To keep you all updated, we will post updates on this blog and on Facebook. So stay tuned and keep checking in! (please note that the newest entries are at the bottom of the page) TO HELP MOHAN: The legal fight to secure Mohan's freedom will require significant[…]

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Wildlife SOS Celebrates A Splendid Wildlife Week At Bhopal

Wildlife SOS celebrated a Wildlife Week in collaboration with the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department at the Van Vihar National Park, Bhopal, from October 1 to October 7, 2014; an effort by the Delhi based non-charity organization to sensitize the people of Bhopal about the diverse wildlife they co-exist with. The State Forest Minister of Madhya[…]

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FAQ for RAJU

1.) I don't understand, I thought Wildlife SOS had legal custody of Raju. How can Mr. Shahid make claims to get him back? Wildlife SOS was given legal custody of Raju by the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department through a court order. The man who previously claimed to own him, Mr. Shahid, has now gone to the court asking Raju to be returned to him.[…]

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Tonk, Rajasthan

by Suvidha Bhatnagar "Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow." - Helen Keller The Kalandars, originally Muslim gypsies with a highly nomadic lifestyle were famous for their mastery over animals. For three hundred years they earned a living from various types of performing animals, especially dancing bears. Wildlife SOS[…]

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One woman’s quest to help wildlife

Snehal Bhavsar has been relentless for the past 30 years in her efforts to help wildlife.  Her specialty has become working to save reptiles and she is internationally known as a crocodile expert.  She runs the Gujarat SPCA which Wildlife SOS proudly provides financial assistance for.  She recently squeezed time in her busy schedule for an[…]

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Meet Manoj, our bear cook

As many of you know, in our work to solve the 'dancing bear problem in India, we worked with the Kalandar people to find alternative livelihoods, one that did not include exploiting animals.  In many cases we were able to employ some of the Kalandar people to work at various tasks at our rescue facilities.  We would like to introduce you to one[…]

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Endangered gharials released

Photo not of gharial, but of juvenile mugger crocodile! By Dr. Jordan Schaul Last week we received great news from the Forest Department, Uttar Pradesh State (UPFD).  A cluth of critically endangered gharials have hatched under the care of UPFD according to the Department's Deputy Conservator of Forests Sujoy Banerjee. The Forest Department is[…]

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An Inside Look at the World of Dr. Raja

This is the third interview in a series that we are doing on the great people who make the work at Wildlife SOS possible. This interview is with Dr. Raja, who is the Senior Veterinary Officer, at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility. His dedication has kept our bears healthy and happy and we are very grateful to his contribution and commitment to ending […]

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WILDLIFE SOS: A Foster In Need

They say ‘God can’t be present everywhere, so they made Mother’. And where even the mother is absent there is Wildlife SOS. Wildlife SOS has been long serving as the mother to a lot of orphaned wildlife! Be it the ferocious carnivores like leopards and tigers or the more docile and silent ones like antelopes. Fostering is a difficult[…]

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Bhopal Diary: Education Program

In the year 2006, the Kalandar Education Program took off in Bhopal as part of the Kalandar Rehabilitation Program. Although no stone was left unturned in trying to convince the Kalandars to send their children to school, only one application form was received by the Kalandar Rehabilitation officer Prerna Sharma. Four years later in 2010, 101[…]

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Dignity and Freedom for Man and Animal

On 28 December 2008, 52 rehabilitated kalandar families took firm steps forward to create richer and better lives for themselves. It was a very promising day for wildlife conservation in India as the entire Kalandar community in Naya Basera, Bhopal renewed their pledge to empower themselves with help and support from Wildlife SOS. With support[…]

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Captive Elephant Welfare Project

Journey from being a Wild Elephant to a Captive Elephant: Elephant calves are trapped in clandestine operations by unscrupulous poachers and sold under forged certification to elephant owners to become captive elephants. These elephants are then trained under extremely unfriendly conditions and with cruel techniques to become temple elephants or[…]

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