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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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A new life for Shakir

By Steffi Joseph

"And there's always a way to begin with."-Autumn Doughton Read more »

Rakhee Sharma does a little bit of everything

Rakhee Sharma has been overseeing the Kalandar rehab program for the past 7 years.  Her day starts bright and earlier, usually around 5 AM and she doesn't stop until almost midnight.  Find out more about the woman who has helped thousands of Kalandar men, women and children. Read more »

Meet Manoj, our bear cook

As many of you know, in our work to solve the 'dancing bear problem in India, we worked with the Kalandar people to find alternative livelihoods, one that did not include exploiting animals.  In many cases we were able to employ some of the Kalandar people to work at various tasks at our rescue facilities.  We would like to introduce you to one of our team members, Manoj Kalandar, who has come from a Kalandar community that used to dance bears. Read more »

Meet Kaveri- A blind bear who uses her freedom as vision!

By Aishuwarya Sudarshan

Every bear that comes into our centre has a unique story; one usually filled with trauma and fear. Kaveri’s story was like most other dancing bears, but with so much more pain that it’s a miracle she survived. Despite her painful early years, she has blossomed into a happy bear and flourishes at our rescue centre today.

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Of Dreams and more

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Joint Anti poaching Operation with Bihar Police & Forest Dept results in rescue of seven bears including five bear cubs – three traders arrested

Rescue of seven bears

In a successful joint anti poaching operation Wildlife SOS rescued five endangered sloth bear cubs and two sub-adult bears from the Banka district of Bihar in the wee hours of morning on Friday. Three traders trying to sell the wild animals were also arrested.
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Bhopal Diary: Education Program

Kalandar Education ProgramIn the year 2006, the Kalandar Education Program took off in Bhopal as part of the Kalandar Rehabilitation Program. Although no stone was left unturned in trying to convince the Kalandars to send their children to school, only one application form was received by the Kalandar Rehabilitation officer Prerna Sharma. Four years later in 2010, 101 Kalandar children in Bhopal are seeking the help of Wildlife S.O.S. Read more »

Baby bears rescued from poachers reach Agra Bear Sanctuary

Baby bears rescued
Four sloth bear cubs rescued from poachers just as they were about to be smuggled out of India are lucky to have escaped a terrible future. If not rescued, they may have possibly ended up as a bowl of bear bile soup in a south east asian restaurant or as Dancing Bears at the end of a rope on a dusty highway, destined to live a life of misery and pain!
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Bhopal Diary: Kalandar rehabilitation reaches every home of Naya Basera

Bhopal Kalandar Rehabilitation programme
As part of the continued and ongoing Kalandar Rehabilitation programme, this year once again, Wildlife S.O.S. reached out to 40 more Kalandars of Naya Basera village in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. With this latest rehabilitation package Wildlife S.O.S. Read more »

Press Release: Animal rescue coalition saves another eight dancing bears from suffering in Nepal

dancing bear

They tried to run, but they couldn't hide. Eight more dancing bears have been rescued after they were found in Nepal; their owners hiding from authorities.

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Kalandar Rehabilitation efforts reach new high in Chattisgarh State

Kalandar Rehabilitation efforts In an effort to ensure that the recently ended Dancing Bear practice has no reason to rear its ugly head, Wildlife SOS working closely with the District Collector of Bilaspur provided rehabilitation assistance to the last of the Kalandar families in Chorbatti village of Chattisgarh who surrende Read more »

Three former bear dancers start new lives

The three Kalandars who received the Wildlife SOS rehabilitation packagesIn an effort to ensure that the recently ended Dancing Bear practice has no reason to rear its ugly head, Wildlife SOS working closely with the District Collector of Bilaspur provided rehabilitation assistance to the last of the Kalandar families in Chorbatti village of Chattisgarh, all of whom recently surrendered their dancing bears to the State Fo Read more »

Dancing Bears in India - Final Curtain

Dancing BearDecember 18, 2009, Bangalore, India – The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and the state forest departments, Delhi headquartered non-profit Wildlife SOS, with its US and UK arms, and a coalition of international conservation and animal rescue groups, Free the Bears Fund (FTB) from Australia, International Animal Rescue (IAR) from the UK and One Voice Association France, is about to make animal welfare history by taking the last dancing bears off the stre Read more »

Kalandar Rehabilitation Literacy Programme Reaches New Heights

Kalandar literacy programmeIn 2007 the Kalandar village of Naya Basera in Kotra near Bhopal took pride in Nissar, the first and only Kalandar child to ever go to school and who is now studying to be an engineer. A little over two years later, in August 2009 Naya Basera boasts of 114 children going to school and getting educated under the Wildlife S.O.S. Literacy Programme for Kalandar children.
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Two Bears Saved on World Environment Day

Bear surrender
Wildlife SOS commemorated World Environment Day this year by rescuing 2 more sloth bears from a life of cruelty and pain. The bears were seized the evening of June 5 during a village raid. The bears, a male and a female, were injured; their claws had been cut to adorn necklaces and their hair torn out and used for symbolic charms to ward off bad luck and distress, a practice known as "Tabiz".
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Dignity and Freedom for Man and Animal

Bhopal Kalandar RehabOn 28 December 2008, 52 rehabilitated kalandar families took firm steps forward to create richer and better lives for themselves. It was a very promising day for wildlife conservation in India as the entire Kalandar community in Naya Basera, Bhopal renewed their pledge to empower themselves with help and support from Wildlife SOS.
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