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Top 10 Animal Rescues of the Year 2014

This past year has been an eventful one. We have achieved many victories and conducted successful rescue operations in an attempt to conserve wildlife and educate people on how to deal with wildlife encounters. To coexist with wildlife peacefully is a virtue as human development progressively encroaches on wildlife habitat which in turn increases conflicts between wildlife and the people. As we move into 2015, here is a roundup of our top ten most memorable rescues: Read more »

Wildlife SOS committed to its cause- Rescuing Circus Elephants since 2010

by- Suvidha Bhatnagar

Wildlife SOS is the first Indian organization to put their concern about the plight of captive elephants in entertainment & tourism into action. Four years ago the Mathura rescue centre in collaboration with Project Elephant and the Government of Uttar Pradesh was started, and our first experience of the trauma undergone by the circus elephants began with the rescue of Rajesh and Maya.

Circus elephants are usually found in a pathetic state, suffering from bad health, mental & physical (chained all the time), and they suffer from complete lack of exercise and standing in their own feces for long hours.  They are provided with no enrichment and fed an unbalanced diet with no nutritional value. Read more »

Nilgai Rescued From Baipur

By Shruti Prabhala 

It was an eventful day for the Wildlife SOS rescue team in Agra as they received a call from the District Magistrate’s office concerning a Nilgai found in Baipur. Mr. Jagrup Yadav came across a female Nilgai who had met with a severe accident which completely damaged one of her eyes. Read more »

New Year Calls for Another Python Rescue

By Shruti Prabhala

This New Year brought a surprise visitor to a village in Mathura. A seven foot long python was found by one of the villagers who immediately contacted the forest officer of the Mathura Forest Department, Uttar Pradesh. The forest officer kept the villagers away from the surroundings while he reported the sighting to the rescue team of Wildlife SOS. Read more »

Young Jackal Rescued From Faridabad.

By Shruti

One morning, a family residing in Faridabad found a visitor resting in their house. A young jackal strayed into their house during the night and found himself trapped inside. They were panic-stricken and quickly called the Wildlife SOS helpline. Upon receiving the call, the Wildlife SOS rapid response team immediately rushed to the area equipped with cages, snares and basic first aid for the animal. Read more »

An 'Aww' Moment- Leopard Mother and Cub reunited after rescue

By Shruti
On November 10 2014 at 4pm, Wildlife SOS received a call from Mr. S.N Bansode, a forest officer of the Narayangaon Forest Department, Maharashtra. A local farmer, Mr. Kambale, had come across a 3 month old male leopard cub in his sugarcane field and immediately alerted the Forest Department. Read more »

Ending the year by saving Leopards- Rescued and Released by Wildlife SOS

by- Pia Sharma

In a very eventful week the Wildlife SOS team from Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Center, Maharashtra has helped rescue and rehabilitate two Leopards. Coincidentally both Leopards were rescued from wells, in separate parts of Maharashtra. Read more »

3 Year Old Sloth Bear Rescued from Sira by Wildlife SOS

by-Shruti Prabhala

Tumkur, a district in the state of Karnataka, South India, is home to many endangered sloth bears. On 28th December 2014, Mr. Amarnath, District Conservator of Forests, came across a horrifying sight –a female sloth bear was struggling in a poacher’s snare on a private farm in Sira, Tumkur Division. As she frantically tried to free herself from the excruciating pain, Mr. Amarnath quickly alerted the Wildlife SOS Rescue team at the Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Centre.  He realised, in her fear and anxiety the young female bear was worsening her situation. Read more »

Three Large Python Snakes Rescued In Last One Week In The Capital

by- Suvidha Bhatnagar

The sighting of a giant python at the DND Flyover brought traffic there to a halt. There was mayhem after the unusually large reptile was spotted on the bridge. The Wildlife SOS 24 hour rescue helpline 9871963535 was flooded with "distress calls" this week. In this week alone, Wildlife SOS came to the aid of three giant Pythons ranging between 8 to 12 feet. In the most recent incident on December 17th, a python was spotted on the DND flyover. The well-trained team from the Wildlife SOS, managed to restrain the giant snake, which weighed close to 23 kg. Read more »

Meet Ashish

Ashish Batura has been a dedicated and invaluable member of the Wildlife SOS team since 2008.  Recently, he relocated to Haryana where he has become the Coordinating Officer for the Elephant Rehabilitation Center.  We recently sat down with him to find out more about his personal experiences working for Wildlife SOS and his work with the elephants.

What is the best part of your job?

Ashish:  I love being in nature.  So much of what I have learned here I could never learn from books.  Everyday, there is something new to learn and I feel proud of what I am doing to help.

What have you learned about elephants since taking on this position? Read more »

Newest Member Of The Wildlife SOS Family, Lilly!

By Roohi Sahay

Following the iconic midnight rescue operation of ‘Raju’ Elephant, carried out by Delhi based NGO - Wildlife SOS, it was now Lilly’s turn for freedom, a 35 years old female elephant who was freed from her shackles by a team from Wildlife SOS and the Haryana Forest Department. Read more »

Eight foot Python snake joins Chhath Puja prayers on Yamuna bank

The sighting of a large eight foot long python snake on the yamuna river banks where the chhath puja rituals are performed by thousands of devotees caused mayhem. Wildlife SOS was contacted and the snake was rescued safely. Read more »

Wildlife SOS Celebrates A Splendid Wildlife Week At Bhopal

By Roohi Sahay

Wildlife SOS celebrated a Wildlife Week in collaboration with the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department at the Van Vihar National Park, Bhopal, from October 1 to October 7, 2014; an effort by the Delhi based non-charity organization to sensitize the people of Bhopal about the diverse wildlife they co-exist with.  Read more »

Wounded Wild Mother Bear and Her Cub Rescued by Wildlife SOS In Karnataka

 

The wild female sloth bear was captured by the Karnataka Forest Department from Tumkur Division, Yelanadu, C.N.Halli, and was received at Bannerghatta bear rescue center on 26th August 2014 along with her baby cub, a victim of the human animal conflict so prevalent in this area she was found. Found in a pit near a farm, sedated and brought back to BBRC, she was in a deeply traumatized state, a deep wound on the left forearm region and swelling on the right hind limb was giving her a  great deal of pain although the necessary treatment was given on that day. Read more »

Raju's Life After Rescue

For Raju, a new life of freedom began after 50 years of cruelty, when he was rescued by Wildlife SOS and brought to the Elephant Conservation and Care Center, Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. Initially shy and weak, it took him a few weeks to familiarize himself with the surroundings and realize that he could roam around free without spiked anklets around his legs.

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RAJU FREED AFTER 50 YEARS IN CHAINS

After fifty long years of being chained and leading a life of suffering, Raju was freed in the early hours of the morning on 4th July 2014 by Wildlife SOS, a Delhi based NGO. For the first time after five decades, he is having his first day of freedom. It is an interesting coincidence that 4th July happens to be America’s independence day! Read more »