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Another Rani Amongst Us!!

By Aishuwarya Sudarshan 

Wildlife SOS had just one Rani (“queen” in Hindi,) for a very long time, she was the first bear that we rescued on the Christmas Eve of 2002 and lived up to her name, being the undisputed monarch of her enclosure in the Agra Bear rescue facility. Over the years a few more ‘Ranis’ were rescued but the keepers immediately changed their names so as to allow Rani her privileged title. But then another Rani entered our rescue centre at Bhopal, in Central India, and Chota Rani (or the “smaller queen”) was allowed to keep her name  Read more »

Rozie and her sister!!

By Aishuwarya Sudarshan

It was a very cold day at the gardens of Srinagar, in Kashmir; the gardeners were working in the grounds, raking out fallen leaves around the tulips, the famous tulips of the Cheshmashahi gardens to which thousands of tourists flocked each day with their cameras and appreciative exclamations. The horticulture department of Kashmir took pride in their work and everyone worked with silent concentration before the gardens could be thrown open to the public for the morning, they took their tulips very seriously! No-one quite knew how to react when the calm of the morning work was broken suddenly by a very loud startled yelp and the galloping of a very large female moon bear across the green lawns to vanish into some shrubbery. Read more »

Moon Bears in the Snow!

Wildlife SOS Moon Bear Transit Facility and Rescue Centre, Kashmir

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World Wetland Day - our conservation efforts in Kashmir!

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Bear Cubs and Bicycles!

By Aishuwarya Sudarshan 

Dawn broke in a remote part of rural Karnataka; It was a cold morning. A vegetable vendor left his home, near village Basarihalli in district Tumkur about 150 kilometers from Bangalore. It was six am and he was cycling to the vegetable market in Nandihalli where he would get a good price for the vegetables he grew in his fields. The track he is cycling on snakes through a vast forest and in some parts it becomes very dense. It was not uncommon for villagers in these parts to spot a deer, leopards, bears and other animals crossing paths with them on this track.  Read more »

Transformations make the world a better place!!!

By Aishuwarya Sudarshan

Wildlife SOS had promised the head of the Astanpura village, which is located in the Brane-Nishat conservation reserve that they would deliver some First Aid Kits in the village, because of the causalities caused by wild animals. Read more »

Poachers arrested, skin seized and our fingers crossed!!!

By Aishuwarya Sudarshan

Our Forest Watch team received a tip off about a few men in a remote district of Dhamtari, Chhattisgarh, who looked suspicious and were snooping around the village holding a parcel that looked a little fishy.

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Of Dreams and more

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Christmas Surprise! Cobra On a Bike!

By Aishuwarya Sudarshan 

What would stop you from getting home to a warm couch on a chilly winter evening?? Perhaps a four foot cobra sitting on your bike!!!

Our Christmas Surprise was a call that came from the Delhi Metro Rail Depot when an employee jumped off his bike after hearing a hiss from the engine. Mr. Shekar, an employee of the Delhi Metro Rail Cooperation was about to jump on his bike and get to his warm home after a long work day, when he heard a hiss from his bike. He wondered what in the world that sound could be and bent down to check where the sound had come from. He screamed and moved away from his bike when he saw a spectacled Cobra coiled up on his engine, warming itself! Read more »

Python Rescue In the Mist

 

By Aishuwarya Sudarshan 

It would be easy if we only had to rescue distressed animals, but quite often we have to deal with furious mobs, panic struck crowds of people, the odd paranoid woman, severely intoxicated men trying to prove their might and more...One misty December morning the rescue team at Agra received a call about a very large python that was spotted near "Marau village". The caller reported there was a huge mob that was gathered at the spot and if we didn’t get there soon to help the snake, chances are the snake may not survive the mob attack!! Time was of the essence and our team rushed to the spot without further delay.  Read more »