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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 »

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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Cobra Rescued from Snake Charmer

by- Amanjeet Kaur

Earlier this month, the team of Wildlife SOS recieved a phone call from forest ranger Mr. R K Sharma, that a snake charmer was spotted at the mall road oposite Mughal hotel in Agra city. A snake rescue team of three- Mr Bhushan Kumar, Mr Sakir and Mr Reddy was deployed at the above mentioned location followed by the rescue of a Cobra snake from the snake charmer. The offender was handed over to the Forest Department for further investigation.  Read more »

Sibling Love

By Aaliya Mir

February 7, 2014: Raja and Zara are three-year-old Moon Bears in Pahalgam. Rescued a little less than three years ago, these cubs would not have made it if Wildlife SOS had not intervened. The two siblings were found in the trunk of a hollow Chinar tree in the Tral area of the Shopian Division of Kashmir. The Tral area was notorious for the number of bear attacks and also the number of bears that had been killed. In 2006, the nation was stunned by a video that played on almost all channels showing a bear being burnt alive by the villagers of this area although it had offered no violence and was merely foraging in their orchards. Read more »

'I Pledge to Protect Wildlife'

By Ankita Kanwar

January 31, 2014: It was a chilly Friday morning as our communication team at Wildlife SOS made their way to Salwan Public School in Delhi. Wildlife SOS and sister NGO, Friendicoes, were invited to participate at the school's 'Kids for Tigers' fest-- a joint initiative by Sanctuary Asia and Kids for Tigers. 

The festival included several popular schools from Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) participating in various competitions aimed at spreading awareness about the environment. Our team decided to launch a pledge and engage the students in the protection of Indian wildlife. Read more »

Wildlife SOS Speaks at INSPIRE 2013

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Bird Workshop Held in Kashmir

By Aaliya Mir

It has been almost a decade since Wildlife SOS started its program in Kashmir with the goal of education students and local people to have the conservation ethic.  Adhering to its conservation work and outreach programs, Wildlife SOS held a one day work shop on November 13, 2013.  The focus was on conserving birds in the Kashmir region. Read more »

Emotions depicted via brushes

By  Tahir Gazanfar

An inter school painting competition was held at the Kashmir Harvard Educational Institute, Habak, Naseembagh.  The event was organized by Wildlife SOS in collaboration with the Department of Wildlife Protection J and K in which about 150 students from 20 different schools of the valley participated. Read more »

The Debate Competition during Wildlife Week

Wildlife SOS held a series of events during Wildlife Week that ran from October 2nd through the 8th.  One of the most anticipated competitions was that in 'debate.' There were 25 students who took on the challenge of debating "Roles of a students in wildlife conservation."

Their views were intruiging and we were impressed with the thoughtfullness of all the students.  Unfortunately, the judges had to choose just a few winners for the day.  Here are are few photos from this memorable event. Read more »

Wildlife Week gets underway in Kashmir

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Wildlife SOS and Adventure Camp

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A warm reception from the Army Goodwill Public School

Wildlife SOS recently had the pleasure of speaking at the Army Goodwill Public School which is located in Pahalgam.  The school is happily situated in the foothills and is surrounded by natural beauty.  The students who attend the school come from different parts of the valley. Shabir Mir gave a presentation to the gifted students on the threats to wildlife conservation in the region.  He remarked, "It is great to have students represented from many different areas. When they return to their communities, they can act as ambassadors for wildlife." Read more »

Spring campaign launches in Jammu and Kashmir

By Aaliya Mir

Winter is almost coming to an end and spring is arriving quickly.  With the changes of the seasons brings a new hope and a new dawn for the dwindling wildlife in the Jammu and Kashmir area.  Wildlife SOS is all geared up to tackle the challenges of reducing the conflicts that happen between wildlife and people. Read more »

Meet Aaliya, our Education Officer for Kashmir and Jammu

Aaliya Mir is the Education Officer for Wildlife SOS in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.  She leads a team of people working to reduce the amount of human/wildlife conflicts that occurs in the region.  She got started with her work in 2007 when there was a bear burnt alive and dragged through the streets.  This horrifying display of brutality led her to take the initiative to do something to help the threatened and misunderstood wildlife in her community. Read more »

Green Army in the Himalayas to Protect the Moon Bears

The Wildlife SOS Moon Bear Conservation Project in Kashmir today works on conflict mitigation to help prevent bear human conflict in the mountainous state of Jammu and Kashmir. The project started in response to a shocking incident that occurred a few years ago and something that many of you may recall…. A Moon Bear (Asiatic Black Bear) accidentally strayed into a village. Read more »