Wildlife SOS India
Wildlife SOS India are in the forefront of wildlife rescue & protection...
All of us have one life, and it’s not very long. In the short period that we have, each one of us must make a difference! All along, mankind has exploited wildlife, forests and natural resources in the name of development and growth. It’s now time for us to give something back to nature. Our motto is “Give Back To Nature”. With your support we can help wildlife in the fight for survival.
Bears - Working along side the Indian Government, Wildlife SOS continues to create a positive future for bears in India.
Most known for our work rescuing more than 600 ''Dancing Bears" we also work to protect the Asiatic Black Bear, sometimes known as the Moon Bear From habitat protection to anti-poaching work, we work hard to protect bears across the country.
Elephants - Asian Elephants survival in India is critical to the survival of the entire species in South East Asia. Home to almost 60% of the remaining elephant population; India continues to be plagued with problems of large numbers of elephants being held in captivity for logging, entertainment and street begging.
Wildlife SOS is specifically addressing the problem of injured and sick elephants that are forced to work in slums and crowded cities. Our aim is to reach out to elephants living in urban environments that are wounded, malnourished and dehydrated. Currently offering medical services to these needy elephants and training on humane handling to the elephant handlers 'the mahouts'. SOS strive to remove and rehabilitate the neediest elephants from the streets helping them to retire to the hugeley successful SOS elephant sanctuary.
Reptiles - Wildlife S.O.S runs the only 24-hour Reptile Rescue Cell in the National Capital Region (NCR) areas of India, which includes urban metropolitan hubs like Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon. As a result of Wildlife S.O.S's efficient and prompt rescue efforts over the past decade, the City's Police Control Room diverts the Wildlife Rescue calls they receive to our Headquarters in Delhi.On an average, Wildlife S.O.S gets more than 300 Reptile Rescue calls every month. Our rescue team consists of experienced snake handlers who are equipped with snake hooks and boxes to ensure that every Reptile (Snake, Monitor Lizards) is rescued in the most efficient and professional manner thereby ensuring that the rescue operations are done with minimal stress being caused to the animal.
Once rescued, the reptile is brought to our Delhi Headquarters and/or taken to Wildlife S.O.S's Wildlife Rescue Centre in Gurgaon. The measurements of the rescued reptile are then taken. If the rescued reptile is found to be injured or its health status is deemed unsatisfactory, it is provided proper veterinary care and treatment. Soon thereafter arrangements are made and proper permissions acquired from the concerned authorities to release the snakes into a habitat well suited to them. The release is done in the presence of Representatives of the Forest/Wildlife department.
Most of the snakes rescued from the Snake Charmers suffer from severe dehydration. Some of the rescued snakes have badly infected mouths as a result of the improper and unhygienic techniques employed by the Snake Charmer to remove their fangs and venom glands. Often, it has been seen that the mouths of Pythons have been tied with small plastic ropes to ensure that they do not bite when they are taken out by the Snake Charmer for display on roadsides to beg for money from the general public.
If you are visiting India as a tourist, or live here, please don't give snake charmers money. Never pay to see an animal perform as entertainment. All forms are against the law, and we ask you to help by calling the local authorities.
Leopard - Leopards have inhabited Mumbai and the surrounding areas of Maharashtra since time immemorial as an integral part of the landscape. Until fairly recently (in the last decade), when the habitat in the area, which consists primarily of scrub jungle abundant with small prey… a perfect place for leopards to thrive, started getting threatened with development.
This leopard haven where the beautiful cats co-existed in harmony with their human (farmer) neighbors changed drastically when the Government started providing financial incentives to encourage sugar cane cultivation.
Rapid destruction of forested habitat made way for sugar cane fields, leaving the leopards with little option but to adapt to the rapidly changing landscape. With very little forested habitats left to forage, hide and live in, they started living in the sugar cane fields. As their wild prey slowly became scarcer they adapted to living on livestock (cattle, goats etc) and local village dogs. Obviously as they started living in close proximity to farmers, they became more visible to the rural population and this caused the public to think of them as a threat to their livestock and their own safety.
Female leopards had very little options to protect and conceal their young and so they littered in the tall sugar cane crops to protect their cubs from predators. Sadly, this coincided with the sugar cane harvesting season and protective mother leopards would attack if people approached cubs, causing public anxiety. Worried villagers would call the Forest Department who would in turn trap and remove the leopards. Some of these animals were released back to the wild, but others with a history of attacks and also due to public resistance could not be released and were sadly left in solitary confinement for the rest of their lives, mostly in cages the size of a small dining table.
A leopard holding facility that was built in 2002 by the forest department to house these beautiful creatures only provided cells for solitary confinement and did not provide for large outside enclosures that were adequate to keep the leopards happy and healthy. Out of 26 leopards housed at the center at that time (today, there are 29 cats and counting), only eight leopards had access to an external space to exercise. So, in 2007, Wildlife SOS was invited to partner with the Government to improve and expand the Leopard Rescue Center while addressing the needs of the leopards.
Wildlife SOS also works to increase awareness and education about leopards among the people who live in the area and work in the sugar cane fields. By improving the rescue facility, and creating an education center within it, we can have a bigger impact. Our goal is to help the people to co-exist with leopards with increased tolerance, instead of fearing them.
To help with this important work, please consider making a one-time donation, or a monthly gift to sponsor a Leopard. Thank you.
Others - India is rich in wildlife, much of which is under threat due to habitat destruction, poaching, environmental factors, etc. While we can't save every animal in need, we do our best to respond whenever possible.
Some of the other types of animals we help include:
Birds - Birds in large metropolitan cities are always in danger. Delhi is no different and we get involved in more than 100 cases to rescue birds every month.
Dugong - The Dugong, or Sea Cow, used to be in abundance off the Southern coast of India. But today they are threatened more than ever. See how our conservation projects are working to save these majestic animals of the sea.
Monkey - Whether they're being kept as pets, used as entertainers, or simply co-existing with humans in cities, monkeys are often in peril in India. We are working to help as many as possible.
"Most of our rescued bears can not be returned to the wild. However, we believe in creating a natural
environment for them to live, where they can feel wild and free."