Driven by love and respect for all forms of life, Wildlife SOS has worked tirelessly since 1995 to give every animal the freedom, dignity and care they deserve.
Perhaps best known for eradicating the Dancing Bear Practice in India, whereby sloth bear cubs were poached and trained using the cruellest of methods to entertain tourists. We rescued and rehabilitated 628 bears while simultaneously providing alternative forms of livelihood to Kalandars, a tribal community that tamed sloth bears for a living.
India is the last stronghold for Asian elephants, home to some 60% of Earth’s remaining population. Wildlife SOS rescues, treats, and provides lifetime care for elephants exploited in the tourism and “begging elephant” industries. With our humane and ethical approach, we aspire to bring back the wild instinct stolen from these gentle giants.
With such a holistic approach, our organization works actively to protect all forms of Indian wildlife. We have established 12 rescue centers across the country and run 24/7 rescue hotlines in 4 regions of India!
Wildlife SOS seeks to ensure that every wild animal’s call for help is answered, whether it be a sloth bear, elephant, leopard, reptile, primate, bird or any other living creature.
India’s wildlife is under severe threat – every animal from the majestic elephant and the royal tiger, to the shy sloth bear and rare pangolin have fast become “the hunted”. While time is running out for these creatures, it’s not too late to help. Wildlife SOS consistently makes a difference to give back to the planet, to give back to nature and help protect the environment and wildlife.
Wildlife SOS was established in 1995 by a small group of individuals inspired to start a movement and make lasting change to protect and conserve India’s natural heritage, forest and wildlife wealth. Today, the organisation has evolved to actively work towards protecting Indian wildlife, conserving habitat, studying biodiversity, conducting research and creating alternative and sustainable livelihoods for erstwhile poacher communities or those communities that depend on wildlife for sustenance.