Wildlife SOS is an organization started in 1995 by co-founders, Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani. Their main focuses are rescuing and rehabilitating Indian wildlife from poachers, poor habitats, or inhumane practices. The co-founders originally started the organization to stop the inhumane practice or “dancing” bears. The practice involves burning a hole through the muzzle of the Indian Sloth Bear and pulling a rope through the hole in order to make the bear “dance”. Not only does the practice involve extreme pain for the animals, but most often, the mother bears are poached to obtain the cubs. Wildlife SOS has helped rescue and rehabilitate these bears over the years, and in 2009, they rescued what is to be believed the last “dancing” bear. Another animal used for entertainment is the Asian Elephant. It is vital that India protect their Asian Elephants because it is home to 60% of the remaining population. Like the “dancing” bear, elephants are often used for entertainment, street begging, but also manual labor. This usually result in unhealthy or maimed elephants. Wildlife SOS rescues the elephants and retire them to the elephant sanctuary. Although, the practice is no longer in use, poaching is still a major issue for Indian wildlife. The organization saves moon bears, leopards, and reptiles from poaching and deforestation.
The Kalandars is a local tribe that Wildlife SOS works with to educate the community. Wildlife SOS education the children of the Kalendar tribe to inform them about the problems around Indian wildlife. The organization helps this impoverished community find ways other than using animals for money and funds their education. Wildlife SOS goes beyond working with the children and works very closing with the women of the community. The women are provided with funds and training to help manage their own income.
Wildlife SOS does a lot for their immediate community in terms of wildlife and the people, but there are other companies that do the same in the UK and the USA. You can go to their website wildlifesos.org to donate or learn more.