Multinational company Tata Global Beverages Ltd. (TGBL) has partnered with Wildlife SOS to support our sloth bear rescue and wildlife conservation efforts in the state of Karnataka. As part of company’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiative, a group of employees recently volunteered at the Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Centre, Bangalore.
The center which is currently the residence of 70 rescued sloth bears is situated amidst the lush greens and rocks of the dry deciduous Bannerghatta Biological Park, is the second largest rescue center of sloth bears in India.
The team kicked off their day with a tour around the center, the Operation Theatre & laboratory and the green kitchen where our staff carries out eco-friendly cooking on-site for the bears. They were shocked to learn that each and every one of our bears have suffered from traumatic pasts as our Director-Research & Veterinary Operations, Dr. Arun A Sha walked them through the history of the dancing bears in India and how we played a pivotal role in rescuing & rehabilitating over 620 sloth bears from this brutal practice though the years. Perhaps the most exciting part of the tour however, was seeing the bears up so close and much to everyone’s delight, some of our more inquisitive furry residents walked up to the edge their enclosures to take a closer look at the eager new faces.
It was then time for the group to gets their hands dirty and engage in some fun volunteering activities such as building hammocks for the bears to rest in, painting the enclosure fences, chopping up fruits and in assisting the keepers to feed the bears. A plantation drive was also carried out at the bear rescue center to commemorate World Environment Day.
We are thrilled to have Tata Global Beverages Ltd on board as a CSR & volunteer partner and are happy to receive such an encouraging response from their employees who are eager to make a difference! We look forward to hosting similar activities for TGBL in the months to come and hope to have more companies making this eco-conscious choice and joining us in this endeavor.
You can read more about our CSR initiative program here; http://wildlifesos.org/corporate-social-responsibility/