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Food will last if Forests Shall- Story from Jammu & Kashmir

by- Aaliya Mir

A Famous Kashmiri Proverb "Aan Poshe Tale,Yalee Waan Poshe"(Food will last if Forests Shall).

The environment faces a multitude of challenges today. From climate change to species extinction, our planet and its inhabitants are continually facing man-made threats that must be averted. Keeping the same in mind, Wildlife SOS in association with the school authorities of Rainawari Girls Higher Secondary School and Soura Boys Higher Secondary School planted saplings in their school campuses as part of the ongoing awareness programme in the state.

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Street talks in Kashmir by Wildlife SOS

By- Aaliya Mir

With the sudden increase in issues regarding Man-Wild animal conflicts, Wildlife SOS had organised a series of street talks in the North division of Kashmir region to create awareness. It involved interacting with the people and getting their views on the solutions which could be adopted to minimize the Man-Animal conflict. Apart from listening to the people, Wildlife SOS put forward their perspective as to what is leading us to this conflict and also dicussed the measures which could be followed to minimize it.

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Meet Tahir

 

Tahir Gazanfar has been working with Wildife SOS for over two years now.  He works in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and is working there to reduce the problems of human/wildlife conflict.  We thought you might like to know a little bit about his work in this region to help wildlife. Read more »

Laxmi at risk

Laxmi is an elephant that was rescued by Wildlife SOS in July of 2013.  She came to us morbidly obese and with medical issues resulting from years of neglect and mistreatment.  We have worked hard to help Laxmi recover from the many problems that were ailing her.  Some of her medical conditions will never heal.  Now, after Laxmi has adjusted to her new home where she has the freedom she deserves, her owners want her back.  They have found a loophole with the orders to move her to our facility and they are using it to try and get her returned.  We are asking people to help us prevent this by signing our petition. Read more »

Black bears move into Naesh Bhat

By Aaliya Mir

The village of Naesh Bhat is in the district of Baramulla and has a population of about 1500 people.  The village is situated in a hilly are in northern Kashmir and is primarily a horticulture community dependent on apple production.  Althouh the village is not located by the forests, it is visited by Asiatic black bears and leopards. Until recently, there wasn't a problem between wildlife and people.  Bears would roam within the limits of the deep gorge for food, away from human habitations. However, recently it has become a problem for area residents because the bears have started to move up toward human habitation. Read more »

Capacity building for the Wildlife Protection Department in Kashmir

By Aaliya Mir

A program was organized for the staff of the WPD to identify the problems faced by the staff during rescue operations.  There was also an opportunity to share ideas on ways to make the rescue operations more efficient and safer.  

The capacity building program was attended by more than 40 field staff engaged in rescue operations.  All attendees were inteersted in finding ways to both save people's lives and protect the wildlife as well.  The greatest problems occur when wildlife comes into contact with human habitations. Read more »

Inspiring Youth !

by- Suvidha Bhatnagar

A team of 23 students from UNC Kenan- Flagler business school (United States) visited Wildlife SOS's Elephant Conservation and Care Center(ECCC), Uttar Pradesh as a part of their educational tour this month. Mr Baiju Raj M.V. who is a wildlife biologist and works as a Director- Administration at Wildlife SOS's Agra Bear Rescue Facility gave a presentation about the elephants rescued by Wildlife SOS.

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Elephants today have no place to hide

Recently, Wildlife SOS had a blog posted in the Huffington Post on the topic that raises the question, is there any safe place for elephants left in the world?  Here is an exerpt from the article:

By Georja Umano

"Today the world has grown smaller; the human population is expanding and exploding, and the elephants and their ancestral homelands are being systematically disregarded, discarded and destroyed. Read more »