WILDLIFE SOS HISTORY

WILDLIFE SOS HISTORY

In 1995, a group of individuals determined to conserve India’s rich natural heritage began operating a rescue centre out of a small garage in New Delhi.  Their goal was simple – to aid wildlife in distress and expand India’s core value of the right to freedom and dignity to the realm of animals. Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani’s grit and determination gave birth to Wildlife SOS. Today, we have evolved into an organization actively protecting India’s precious wildlife, conserving habitats, studying biodiversity, conducting research, and creating alternative and sustainable livelihoods for erstwhile poacher communities or those communities that depend on wildlife for sustenance. We are the largest wildlife rescue organization in India and run 12 wildlife rescue centres all over the country. 

Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani with their shared enthusiasm dedicated themselves to the mission of eradicating the abusive practice of ‘dancing’ bears in India completely.  The initial days were very difficult due to a lack of support and funding. Geeta’s foresight in creating Wildlife SOS as an arm of her existing rescue operation, Friendicoes, allowed the two organizations to share knowledge and resources as the team learned and made its way through the initial challenges of addressing the needs of urban wildlife suffering from habitat encroachment a result of the surging population growth in India.

Our efforts in India attracted wildlife enthusiasts from around the globe. As we met people determined to be allies in our fight to preserve wildlife, we registered the organization in the US and the UK to help extend outreach activities and encourage people to participate in wildlife conservation. 

While we have come a long way from the two-member team operating, our values remain the same – giving animals a life of dignity and freedom. 

India’s wildlife is under severe threat – every animal from the majestic elephant and the tiger, to the shy sloth bear and rare pangolins, have fast become “the hunted”. While time is running out for these creatures, it’s not too late to help. Wildlife SOS consistently makes a difference to give back to the planet, to give back to nature, and help protect the environment and wildlife. Wildlife SOS also emphasizes the value of ex-situ research in veterinary areas, behavioral studies, reproductive physiology, and other fields in collaboration with national and international universities and organizations. 

Although Wildlife SOS is mainly known for its work with the “Dancing Bears” of India, we also have active projects to help Leopards, Elephants, Reptiles, and other animals. We work on various projects targeted at environment and biodiversity conservation as well as reducing our carbon footprint. With the help of our dedicated staff and volunteers, grant programs, and supportive agencies, both national and international, we aim to find innovative ways to sustain and grow our mission. Wildlife SOS has formal ‘co-operative’ agreements in place with state governments and forest departments in more than nine states in India.

WILDLIFE SOS UK

WILDLIFE SOS UK

In 2009, Wildlife SOS UK was launched in support of the conservation work taking place in India. Wildlife SOS UK works in close collaboration with the volunteers and staff in India to raise awareness and funds for all of the current projects. Wildlife SOS UK is a registered charity (charity no 1126511).

WILDLIFE SOS USA

WILDLIFE SOS USA

In 2005, as Wildlife SOS Co-Founders Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani were traveling to the United States as guest speakers at various fundraising and awareness engagements, they met with many people abroad who were eager to be supportive of the cause. Wildlife SOS USA was set up as a 501(c)3 charity organization in order to act as a vehicle for Americans to rally to the cause of protecting and enabling Geeta and Kartick’s work in support of endangered and threatened wildlife.

The organisation has five full-time staff members.

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