Geeta Seshamani is an acting Senior Wildlife Conservationist and animal rights activist. For over three decades, her life has been centred on the profound belief that man can coexist with animals and forests. She is the Vice President of Friendicoes SECA and the Co- Founder and Secretary of Wildlife SOS.
Having witnessed the cruel treatment of stray dogs in New Delhi, she felt compelled to become their voice and champion their cause. In 1979, she became a part of Friendicoes SECA (Society for the Eradication of Cruelty to Animals), an animal rescue and welfare non- profit, and currently serves as its vice president. Friendicoes SECA began as a shelter for sick, injured animals or abandoned pets and has gradually grown into Delhi’s largest shelter for domestic animals. Today, it has a hospice, outpatient department (OPD) and ambulance services, an animal sanctuary in Gurgaon and a mobile clinic for horses and donkeys.
Geeta is now focused on developing human wildlife conflict mitigation strategies to aid wildlife conservation in India. She is currently a Special Officer of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Govt. of India. She is also a member of CPSCEA committee for the ethical treatment of animals in experimentation and a former member of the Central Zoo Authority, Govt. of India as well as the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).
Geeta was featured amongst the ‘Women of Pure Wonder’ in the Vodafone 2016 book of the same title.She is co-author of ‘Dancing Bears of India and Trade in Bears and Their Parts in India: Threats to Conservation of Bears.’ A lauded guest speaker at innumerable global conferences, Geeta demonstrates her lifelong devotion to the protection and well-being of all living things tirelessly.
Kartick Satyanarayan’s love of the natural world began early in life; he spent his youth rescuing animals and exploring the forest near his Bangalore home. In 1995 he founded Wildlife SOS with Geeta Seshamani, dedicating this non-profit organization to protecting India’s environmental and wildlife resources from unsustainable exploitation. Wildlife SOS changed Indian history by rescuing over 600 performing ‘dancing bears’.
Kartick Satyanarayan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS. He is a Member of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group (Sloth Bear Team Expert), the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, the State Wildlife Advisory Board of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, the State Wildlife Advisory Board of the Government of Uttar Pradesh, the Central Zoo Authority’s Captive Elephant Evaluation Committee and the Executive Board of Friendicoes- SECA in New Delhi. He is a Member of the Government of India’s Central Zoo Authority (2007-2015) and an Honorary Wildlife Warden of the Government of NCT Delhi.
He is a TED International Fellow and recipient of the prestigious Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar Award (2010), the Elisabeth Lewyt Award for Disaster Management and Planning, and the Karamveer Puraskar of the Congo Civil Society (2009). He has been an invited speaker at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, the House of Lords in London, Clinton School in the US among others.
Kartick’s current focus is the mitigation of human-wildlife conflict in India through a series of workshops in bear habitat communities. Educating people about how to avoid animal conflict while fostering an appreciation for wildlife will save human and animal lives and enhance conservation of India’s natural resources.