Wildlife SOS believes that good science and research can help find sustainable solutions. Our research is aimed at wildlife ecology and on human-wildlife conflict. Wildlife SOS has several active projects to rehabilitate leopards, elephants, tigers, reptiles and other animals, while other projects are targeted at environment and biodiversity conservation.
Studying animals in their natural environment and habitat is also an essential part of research as it allows us to better understand their living conditions, behavioural patterns and physiology. It allows us with the opportunity to collect data and monitor various species of animals, as well as to analyze other wildlife species in the areas with the help of camera traps.
Since the time we initiated our “Dancing Bear Rehabilitation Project” in 2002 the Wildlife SOS team has been working tirelessly to study and learn more about this indigenous bear species. The studies conducted by our wildlife biologists so far, has proven to be extremely helpful in understanding their natural behaviour and reproductive physiology.
Over the years, our veterinarians have actively presented their research papers at important wildlife veterinary & research conferences in India. The work has been carried out through active collaboration with premier research institutions such as Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) Bangalore, Bannerghatta Biological Park etc. which have been supported by Wildlife SOS.
The Sloth Bear Denning research project aims at understanding the biology, denning patterns and reproductive physiology of sloth bears using advanced scientific techniques.With the help of camera traps, our team has been able to closely map the movement and monitor the behavior of these bears which has given us the opportunity to collect data and monitor several wild sloth bears, as well as to analyze other wildlife species in the areas with the help of camera traps.
The Reproductive endocrinology and behaviour of sloth bears mainly focuses on understanding the correlation in reproductive hormones and how it affects the behaviour of female sloth bears. Reproductive endocrinology describes the hormones and control mechanisms that regulate sexual development, sexual function, and reproduction. The study will be very helpful in analysing the behavioural pattern of female sloth bears and the changes that are experienced by them as they progress on various stages of sexual development.
Wildlife SOS and Karnataka Forest Department rescued over Fifty Endangered Star Tortoises from smugglers and released them back in the natural habitat in the wild after fitting satellite tags on the animals to track their survival. A team of researchers and wildlife biologists monitor the movements and ranging pattern of the tortoises in the wild. The Satellite Tags attached to some of the tortoises indicate their movement pattern, pace and location using satellite locations. As a part of the research study, factors like health condition, body weight, behaviour patterns, adaptation to wild foraging etc are also being documented. The Satellite tags combined with radio-transmitters are attached to the carapace of the tortoises which will enable the research team to track and monitor the movements and ranging patterns of the tortoises.