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WildlifeSOS

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Protect India's wildlife from habitat loss and human exploitation.

Target demographics: India's wildlife

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1500 animals

Geographic areas served: India

Programs: Sanctuaries for rescued elephants, sloth bears, and leopards who cannot be returned to the wild. The elephants and sloth bears at the sanctuaries had been enslaved and held captive for most of their lives, and cannot go back to the wild. The animals at our sanctuaries receive world-class veterinary care, nutritious food, and lots of love to help them heal from a lifetime of abuse. Wildlife SOS also maintains a 24-hour wildlife rescue hotline in Delhi, India, and works closely with Indian authorities to prevent wildlife poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was first inspired to support Wildlife SOS when I heard its founder Kartick Satyanarayan speak about their unrelenting pursuit and ultimate achievement to end India's cruel "dancing bear" practice. I eventually joined their U.S. Board of Advisors in 2016, and have been an active volunteer with the organization ever since. Wildlife SOS' commitment to saving at risk wildlife in India is unwavering. I've seen this commitment first-hand, when I visited their elephant and sloth bear sanctuaries outside of Agra in 2018, and saw the level of quality care that they provide to the animals. They've created a "Field of Dreams" for the rescued elephants where they can swim in a lake and feel free. And after years of abuse as "dancing bears" on the streets of India, the sloth bears at Wildlife SOS' sanctuary can now roam on lush grounds and are pampered by staff and volunteers each day. I was also lucky enough to see the opening of the organization's Elephant Hospital, which is providing state-of-the-art medical care to the elephants in their care. Wildlife SOS is making a big difference for animals throughout India, despite challenges with population growth, habitat destruction, human/wildlife conflicts and poaching. I am proud to be a supporter of this organization.

Laura G.6

Board Member

Rating: 5

For over 20 years, this organization has been working to protect India's wildlife. Their work engages impacted communities, for example, rescuing leopards and other animals from wells while emphatically petitioning politicians to cover wells. This protects both the animals and the communities' drinking water. They helped to end the cruel practice of using begging/dancing bears in India, working with the bear handlers to train them for other occupations. They are tireless in their mission and continue to to great work for the people and animals of India

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Donor

Rating: 5

Mohan the elephant just touched my heart WSOS are an amazing charity and sanctuary. They are striving all the time to rescue release and work with the environment and changing world. The elephant hospital is genius and so desperately needed. But they don’t just do elephants they do so much more. If your in India do pop in to the sanctuary you will leave with such amazing memories.

2 Sylvie M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Part 1-Incorrigible ‘Nerd’ Commentary: I began volunteering with Wildlife SOS almost 5 years ago. I was impressed with what I had seen of their rescue work, the founders’ underlying philosophy and, as others have already highlighted, the amazing breadth of programmes and services they provide. What stands them apart, in my mind, is their thoughtful, comprehensive and systemic approach to rescue & reform, clearly exemplified by their successful eradication of the ancient but cruel practice of dancing bears. Instead of vilifying the Kalandar people, they provided resources and training so they could care for their families through the sale of sewing crafts and goods, which ensures self-sustaining change. They also fund their children’s education and even offer scholarships for higher schooling to gifted students. Their grassroots approach includes in class sessions to educate children about conservation and rescue, recognizing that hope for real change comes from the youth of today. They also have an insider’s perspective and understand the complex sociopolitical, institutional and legal matrix that rescuers must navigate to successfully operate in India.

Part 2-Ellie Lover Commentary: I love this picture of Raju. This poor soul arrived brutalized, terrorized, worn down to a shadow of his destined majesty. He was in such precarious health. You hope for the best but seeing him 5 YEARS ON so healthy and joyous..beyond my wildest dreams. At Wildlife SOS he has a new life, in a new world and the inner peace that allows him to reclaim the carefree childhood stolen from him as he indulgently plays in his pool with his inner tube.The emergence of PLAY is such an important milestone in the rehabilitation and healing process of long suffering souls like Raju. Such frivolity can only happen once an elephant feels secure... that he will be safe, that he can be silly without fear of repercussions and that he feels confident in the stability of this new life. So seeing Raju and so many other elephants and bears just being silly always brings lightness to my heart AND constantly reminds of what a great job Wildlife SOS do. That is why my husband, John Baker, and I have committed to donating, making items & helping with the auctions to support Wildlife SOS’ amazing work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for many different animal nonprofits during the past 32 years and have found all of them to be rewarding for the work they do and the people involved are so caring and compassionate.
I came to volunteer with Wildlifesos after meeting Nikki and Thomas Sharp walking our dogs.
I became very interested in their work and wanted to become involved. I have met both co-founders Kartick and Geeta and they are wonderful people who formed Widlifesos with a passion to end animal suffering and torture in India. But, they also realized this required a humanitarian effort for the people poaching wildlife and using them to try to make a living.
They have succeeded in helping the people with jobs, education, skills , conservation, anti-poaching team, habitat protection, sanctuaries for rescued and abused Sloth Bears and Elephants, rescuing any native wildlife for rehab and release if possible. An elephant hospital with an experienced vet staff and imaging equipment.
Employment for almost 300 staff.
They have managed to do all this since 1995 when Wildlifesos was founded to eliminate the Dancing Bears in India and they succeeded by 2009.
Just in the short time I have volunteered and be a small part of this wonderful charity, I have become friends with so many and everyone is passionate, dedicated to this mission. I feel that this charity is terrific and I rate them a 5 star.

Cathy Hatch

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Donor

Rating: 5

Five years ago, I heard about this poor elephant named Raju, who cried when his chains "with nails" were finally and forever removed! It was Wildlife SOS that fought on Raju's behalf and brought him to his forever home at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center.

The more I read, the more I learned ... not only were they saving elephants but they had a jaguar sanctuary and a sloth bear sanctuary. Sloth bears are the "dancing bears" that were jerked up by a rope through their nose, to appear to be dancing for tourists. Wildlife SOS set out to rescue each and every dancing bear in India, and today they are no more. Instead, they are now happy bears enjoying life (and honey) in their sanctuary.

Wildlife SOS continues to fight for elephants that have "served their time" and are in deplorable condition, physically and mentally. They also work to help other wildlife. A daily occurrence is someone from Wildlife SOS being dispatched to help an injured bird or a leopard that fall into an abandoned well. Speaking of wells, Wildlife SOS is on a mission to get all abandoned wells in India covered or filled in!

They help children go to school with uniforms and supplies. They help women with financial opportunities. They hold classes educating people about wildlife. And so much more, like the first elephant hospital in India!
It took my breath away thinking of the commitment and money that Kartick and Geeta needed to house, feed, care for, watch over and love all these critters large and small.

They are my heroes! To see an old worn out, beaten down, malnourished, wounded elephant, come alive under their care fills me with joy! So, five years ago I signed up to make a monthly donation and started submitting my watercolors of their elephants, bears and jaguars, for their auctions to raise money for the care of all.

I've done many paintings of Raju. This one is the first one I did.

I am Belinda Stewart, from St Augustine, Florida, and I can't think of a more deserving group
of people to donate my time, money and talent to. They are the bomb!!
P/S A big shout out and thank you to all the caregivers and volunteers, a job well done!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wildlife SOS is a force multiplier for wildlife welfare. They provide both direct support for wildlife in need and educate the public to help foster a better future for both animals and the earth.

1 Brian H. S.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is not often that one can see so directly the impact a donation has on an animal as with Wildlife S.O.S. The intimacy of the organization allows one to feel the direct saving impact the donation has in the lives of India's elephants and bears. The progress made, the individual animals saved, the follow-up provided, allow us to see a "start to finish" experience, deeply satisfying as a donor. One comes away realizing just how big of an impact a small donation has made.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for Wildlife SOS for a few years now and find this charity to be so purpose driven and careful about expenses. They focus on saving Elephants from lives of torture, starvation and solitude within India's concrete temples and begging on the streets for their handlers. If I can help one intelligent soul life a free life, it's time and money well spent.

Wildlife SOS is my go to charity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fact about wild elephants: once captive they can NEVER be wild again. What a heartbreaking statement. Elephants trapped in captivity. Forced to beg. Forced to give rides to tourists. When I first heard this from Wildlife SOS, I knew I needed to learn more about their work. This tireless group, co-founded by Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani years ago, have taken the protection and rescue of elephants, sloth and moon bears, leopards, primates, and reptiles and gone B E Y O N D what non-profits organizations typically do.
Rescuing. Conservation. Education. Habitat protection. Working with authorities for animal rescue and protection. India’s first specialized, state-of-the-art, completely equipped hospital for elephants.
This is important work Wildlife SOS does.
Being guardian to more than 20 rescued elephants and 300 bears, plus the leopards, primates, and reptiles who depend on them every single day is expensive. I encourage everyone to learn more about the remarkable—and successful— work that Wildlife SOS undertakes AND achieves.
Today is not over yet. This year is not over yet. Which means their teams are out today—and tomorrow—and will be next month—and will be next year—fighting the honorable fight for the rescue of captive elephants and protection of other at-risk wildlife.
Dear Wildlife SOS:
Thank you so much for all you’ve done for elephants and bears trapped in captivity, and the strong conservation efforts and protection you provide for leopards, primates, and reptiles. I have trust and confidence in your leadership and will do all I can to fund your mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What can I say about THE most compassionate non-profits that I support! I visited and volunteered last October at Wildlifesos and I saw firsthand what it means to devote your like to saving animals!

2 theyaster

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization through and through. Not only do they rescue/rehabilitate wildlife of all kinds from horrific situations in India ( including elephants, bears, leopards and pretty much an animal of any size), they also dedicate much of their effort to educating children and adults about better ways to mitigate human/wildlife conflict. This in turn benefits communities in India. They have a very professional staff and experienced team of veterinarians. They also operate in a hands-on and transparent manner. When one donates/supports the organization, he/she can see the direct effect.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about the wonders Wildlife SOS does for animals and people as well. They approach challenges with a 360 perspective and delve into the root of human/ animal conflicts by finding creative solutions. They have tremendous courage and perseverance in carrying out rescues, and set a positive role model for other organizations to follow. Their staff is knowledgeable and professional, always looking good for ways to resolve complex issues. The care they bring to their rescued animals, and sometimes even their keepers, is admirable. One of the best wildlife rescue organizations in the world. It is the reason I choose to volunteer my time with them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wildlife SOS is without a doubt on my bucket list of places to visit and volunteer. They are one of the very few true sanctuaries that survives on donations and I'm proud to be a regular donor because I truly believe every dollar goes toward providing the best of care to rescued elephants, bears and other animals in need. It is thanks to this amazing organization that dancing bears are a thing of India's past and they actively seek out the worst of the worst treated elephants. In addition, Wildlife SOS makes a concerted effort in maintaining communication with the public by having weekly updates texted to people as well as video webinars after big rescues. I can't say enough about this agency! Love them and all they do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering and supporting Wildlife SOS for the past few years. It means the world to me to volunteer for an organization that gives abused animals a voice when others do not. The care for these animals that is provided, along with educating those that can have positive impact on the elephants/bears lives makes it an honor for me to be a part of this wonderful organisation.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wildlife SOS is a full service nonprofit. They not only rescue any type of wildlife in India and provide sanctuaries, but they educate the public as well. Their communication with and appreciation for donors and volunteers is outstanding.

Very professional nonprofit organization that is a force multiplier for wildlife in India.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Wildlife SOS for 4 years and have found them to be outstanding! When it comes to wildlife there isn't anything they won't rescue. They are detail oriented with extra thought and care when not comes to their rescues. As well the highly skilled loving care that the animals receive on a daily basis. Its super critical work in making an animal feel at ease while they lovingly integrate them at the sanctuary.It takes true determination and dedication to rescue an animal and Wildlife SOS not only understands what it takes they deliver caring for these terribly abused animals both mentally and physically! They are my favorite animal rescue organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization that i have had the pleasure of following for at least the last 5 years. I have been fortunate to meet both founders (Kartick and Geeta) and have been impressed with their warmth, generosity and the nearly impossible mission that they have taken on various fronts to protect India's wildlife. I have also had a chance to directly visit some of their sancturaries (both for bears and elephants) as well as one of the villages that they directly support (by providing training, eduction, and alternative livelihoods for people who were once exploiting sloth bears). This whole experience has been both eye-opening and humbling and Wildlife SOS is worth following, supporting, as well as getting your kids and family involved in.
Dr. K.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an Indian American, it means a lot to me to support an Indian organization that tackles some of the hardest issues in the country -- poverty, animal exploitation, habitat loss, and human-animal conflict. I went to India this past March and witnessed Wildlife SOS in action; my photos are included with this post. Wildlife SOS has a legal team that goes to court to fight for individual animals, operates multiple rehabilitation facilities where they individually nurture traumatized elephants and sloth bears, has dedicated vets who treat any wildlife brought to Wildlife SOS so they can be returned into their habitat, reunite leopard cubs separated from their moms, fund the education of Kalandar children so their future does not involve poverty and bear dancing, and much more. There isn't enough room here for all the great work they do in country that has many daunting challenges. I'm truly honored to be a volunteer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I visited India in October of 2016 and had heard about Wildlife SOS through friends. After researching both the sloth bear and elephant sanctuaries, I knew I needed to visit this place. Ultimately time allowed a visit just to the elephant sanctuary in Agra. This visit rocked my world and changed me in a way I cannot explain, unless you've experienced it for yourself. I will never forget my time there and the effect it had on me. I have nothing but admiration for the staff and volunteers of Wildlife SOS. What they do comes from a place of passion and caring. They have given these magnificent creatures the respect and life that they deserve and should of always had. Thank you Wildlife SOS for who you are and what you stand for and continue to fight the good fight!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating monthly to Wildlife SOS for about a year now and no plans to stop. This organization is amazing. I first noticed Wildlife SOS on social media, one of the things I noticed was that despite a very difficult and frustrating job of rescuing and caring for animals their posts are always positive and upbeat. I never skip over their posts on social media and even when they are sad posts they find some good to share. Rescuing animals at any level and in any place is an incredibly hard thing to do. I am so grateful for the dedication and transparency of this organization. I hope they are around for a very long time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for Wildlife SOS for two years now. This is how I choose to spend my free time, because I love how the organization operates. They don't just confiscate animals, they look deeper... to the root of the problem and look for solutions that will have ongoing, far-reaching effects. Wildlife SOS is not just about saving animals, but changing the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been interested in animal welfare for a long time now. I still remember visiting Agra in 2002 and being deeply disturbed by the sight and plight of the dancing bears lining the road between Delhi and Agra. I was desperate to do something but had no idea where to start, so imagine my delight at discovering WSOS and the initiative to rescue the dancing bears in India. I had the pleasure of visiting their sanctuary in Bangalore in 2006 and given a complete tour by Dr. Arun. It is such a safe and fantastic haven for the poor animals and I salute all those involved in this initiative. What struck me most was that the people who make these bears dance are just as reluctant to see them suffer, but see no other options to earn a livelihood. Wildlife SOS has a wonderful strategy in tackling the root of the problem - they have trained these people so they can either set up and run small businesses or continue to work with the bears, this time for their absolute welfare. This has made all the difference in tackling this issue and rescuing the bears.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kartick and Geeta have dedicated their lives to save the dancing bears (sloth bears) and the other animals of India. Their dedication and love for animals shines through in all of their work. They started WSOS with a goal to save all of the dancing bears by 2010. So far, in just 7 years they have saved 525. I have been infused with new hope and optimism by their results. And, their actions have inspired me to become fully involved in saving these bears.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked at Wildlife SOS as an intern at their Delhi office for 3 months. The amount of ambition in this organisation is astounding. Wildlife SOS already has several animal sancturaries around India saving every type of animal imaginable, ranging from birds, bears, cows, horses, snakes, leopards, bats, monkeys, and elephants. Their work involes a co-ordination of sting operations and informats for wildlife injustices, 24hr rescue hotlines, running several animal sancturaries and education for children and adults alike.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found WildlifeSOS on Twitter. I am now following them. They Tweet the plight of the abused, disadvantaged & neglected wildlife as if each were their own. Compassion is shown with each message they Tweet. Individual animals are addressed and success and loss is shared with the Tweeter World. They are Educators and Saviors of the Animal Kingdom. Thank You Wildlife SOS for showing the world compassion and love for the animal kingdom. Without the wildlife, our world would never be the same. "Silence" would be the Sound of the Wild.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've worked in animal welfare for the last decade, and have never been so impressed as I was the first time I visited India and saw the work of Wildlife SOS. Their dedication is unparalleled, and they achieve so much with so few resources.

14 smitajo79

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always felt deeply about wildlife conservation, environment protection and animal welfare but didnt find much opportunity to do something about it. But a chance meeting with Geeta Seshamani in 1998 got me involved with her work and now for the last 11 years, volunteering with Wildlife SOS (WSOS) as well as my capacity as a donor, has made me do substantial amount of constructive work towards the cause that is closest to my heart. They have a brilliant team of field workers, who are expertly trained and very passionate about the cause. There is never a moment in time when WSOS is not on the field rescuing endangered indegenious species, preserving habitat, saving lives, providing alternate employment to poaching communities. I volunteer for them time to time mostly on backend support. I also donate and coordinate with my peer for donations etc. I think WSOS is an extremely efficient organization in their field and need all the support they can get. I would go as far as to say that I think Wildlife SOS is the only hope for Indian wildlife.