Our Social Responsibility-Wildlife SOS

   
Neeleshwar Hermitage, Malabar, Kerala
Neeleshwar Hermitage, Malabar, Kerala

There is celebration and joy in the Wildlife S.O.S. run Sloth Bear Rescue Facilities at Agra as 2 more “dancing” bears have been rescued and brought in.
Two of the bears were rescued from the Kalandars of Maharashtra where they were then kept in a tiny zoo, while the elaborate paper work for transporting them was completed, waiting for the final journey home to the Agra Rescue Facility. The bears which are one male and one female have been named Bilbo and Reshma bear. Bilbo is 12 years old and Reshma is 10 years old. Their journey was long and tiring and it will take them time to now adjust to life in a sanctuary. Although their ropes have been removed and the muzzle wounds will heal they have yet to get over the trauma of their past life as can be witnessed from their behavior. Whenever the keepers approach them they immediately take the stance of a “dancing” bear and stand erect on their two hind legs with the muzzle tilted at a particular angle in expectation of the pain that the rope can cause when tugged by the Kalandar owner. It will take some time for them to completely comprehend their new life as a free bear.


Luxe India, as a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, works hand in hand with WILDLIFE SOS- a registered Non Profit Charity in India and USA, dedicated in conserving and protecting the environment and wildlife. Wildlife SOS organizes rescue for animals in distress. It is running a special project called India Bear Rescue, which is to save the Indian Sloth Bear from an age old practice of “Kalandar” who earn a living by using bears to give roadside acrobatic performances. The Agra Bear Rescue Facility runs with the long term commitment of their international partners IAR-UK, FTB-Australia, One Voice, France.