Welcome to the Elephant Tails Podcast from Wildlife SOS, where we bring you the intimate stories and behind-the-scenes perspectives with the people working to save India’s wildlife.
In this episode, we chat with Geeta Seshamani about how Wildlife SOS first got started. Geeta is an acting Senior Wildlife Conservationist and animal rights activist. For over three decades, her life has been centered 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.
In Episode 2, Wildlife SOS communications ace Suvidha Bhatnagar chats with one of our most senior veterinary officers, Dr. Yaduraj Khadpekar about the challenging rescue of everyone’s favorite little elephant, Laxmi. Laxmi was a badly overweight and neglected begging elephant living on the streets of Mumbai, a busy metropolis with more than 18 million people. This episode was recorded at our Agra Bear Rescue Facility, so please excuse the occasional background noise of mischievous monkeys pounding on the doors and roof.
Executive Director Nikki Sharp sits down with Director of Conservation Projects, Baiju Raj at our Agra Bear Rescue Facility to chat about his childhood love of reptiles, and how that love grew to compel him to help all wildlife. Baiju Raj has been handling snakes and other wild animals since the age of 2. He is known at Wildlife SOS as the man who would go to the ends of the earth to save wildlife. Baiju began working with Wildlife SOS in 2005. He is a Member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Crocodile Specialist Group and oversees conservation and research in India. You can see him in action in our new Nat Geo WILD series!
Wildlife SOS USA Director of Marketing and Communications, Dana Wilson chats with Thomas Sharp about research into wild sloth bear populations and learns more about bears. Tom is a Director of Conservation and Research for Wildlife SOS specializing in sloth bears, Asian elephants and leopards in India. With 25 years of experience studying wildlife around the globe, Tom has worked with many species from turtles, snakes and crocodiles, nesting birds and raptors, small mammals, blue bull deer, and of course bears and elephants. He received his Master’s in biology from Northeastern University in Chicago. Tom serves on the Sloth Bear Expert Team for the International Union for Conservation of Nature.