Corporate Social Responsibility

Agra Bear Rescue Project

This project is located in the Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Keetham, Agra. The project is run by Wildlife SOS, and currently houses approximately 270 Indian Sloth bear, which have been removed from the streets of India, where they were popularly known as ‘the dancing bears’. The Qalanders, as their masters were known, have been rehabilitated as part of this Bear Rescue program. They run small shops or enterprises. The women have been given vocational training in various arts and crafts and their produce is sold in the Wildlife SOS shops run inside the project premises. The Qalander children are given schooling. Wildlife SOS runs 3 more similar centres in India and has rescued approx 1200 sloth bear from the streets and put them into controlled natural habitats under care of dedicated wildlife experts.

Elephant Conservation and Rescue Centre

The center is located on Agra Mathura highway and houses 15 elephants rescued from various corners of India. They are planning to rescue 67 more elephants from Circus. The Wildlife SOS addresses the problem of injured and sick elephants that are forced to work in slums and crowded cities and circus. Their aim is to reach out and help the elephants living in urban environments that are wounded, malnourished and dehydrated or those being used illegally and commercially under deprived conditions. Currently they offer medical services to these needy elephants and train their handlers, ‘the mahouts’ on humane treatment and management of these gentle giants. They also take action to remove abused elephants from the streets and to help them to retire in their elephant sanctuaries. This is possible through Project Elephant and the joint partnership with the Haryana Forest Department at Ban Santour and with Uttar Pradesh Forest Department at Mathura.

Tiger Watch

Tiger Watch is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) registered in Mumbai under the Bombay Public Trusts Act. This organization has, as its primary objective, the conservation and protection of wildlife, at Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan. Mr. F. S. Rathore (Field Director, Ranthambhore National Park, Retd.) along with other prominent conservationist have launched this organization.

Mr. Fateh Singh who was the former Field Director of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve made this park world famous for its Tigers. On his retirement seeing the deteriorating situation of wild life in general and the grave condition of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in particular, wished to use his personal and intimate knowledge of the park and contribute towards its betterment. The NGO Tiger Watch has thus been constituted with the idea of augmenting the resources of the Forest Department to combat various problems faced in the management of this famous Tiger Reserve.

The Corbett Foundation

The Corbett Foundation was established by Mr. Dilip D. Khatau, a former Member of the National Board for Wildlife in India and a Member of the Indian Wildlife Business Council of the Confederation on Indian Industry, on April 22, 1994. TCF is a charitable trust, a non-profit and a non-governmental organisation that is fully dedicated to the conservation of wildlife.

Apart from being a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and a Member of the Global Tiger Forum, TCF is also an activity partner with the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, The Ramsar Convention and the Born Free Foundation. TCF has been accredited by Credibility Alliance under the Desirable Norms for Voluntary Organisations in India.

TCF is the recipient of the WWF-PATA Tiger Conservation Award in 2000, TOFT-Sanctuary Wildlife Tourism Award for the best Wildlife Tourism Related Community Initiative of the Year 2014 and Kirloskar Vasundhara Mitra Award 2015. TCF is represented on the State Wildlife Advisory Boards of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand, State-level Bustard Conservation Committee of Gujarat and Local Advisory Committee of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.

TCF works towards a harmonious coexistence between human beings and wildlife across important wildlife habitats in India, namely Corbett Tiger Reserve (Uttarakhand), Kanha and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves (Madhya Pradesh), Kaziranga Tiger Reserve (Assam), and around the Greater Rann of Kutch (Gujarat). In addition to the above areas, TCF occasionally extends its activities to the Kanha-Pench Corridor (Madhya Pradesh), Pakke Tiger Reserve (Arunchal Pradesh) and Little Rann of Kutch and coastal parts of Kutch (Gujarat).

The organisation has staff strength of around 80 dedicated individuals including professional, administrative and support staff. TCF's team consists of passionate people from diverse disciplines and highly specialised fields such as wildlife sciences, life sciences, social sciences, veterinary sciences, geography, herpetology, entomology, medical sciences, engineering, rural development, public health, education, public relations, advertising and business management. For a particular project, a team is put together with the appropriate blend of expertise.

TCF has implemented its programmes in over 350 villages in Corbett, Kutch, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Kaziranga in the last 20 years. Local communities and wildlife share natural ecosystems and this often gives rise to conflict. The health and wellbeing of local communities is directly linked to their willingness to participate in wildlife conservation efforts towards maintaining healthy ecosystems. TCF has adopted a multipronged strategy to help in creating a future where wildlife and human beings live in harmony. Some of TCF's projects and initiatives work towards :
  • Reducing Man-Animal Conflict
  • Providing Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Providing Healthcare to Communities
  • Promoting Environmental Awareness
  • Promoting Renewable Energy
  • Treating Domestic Livestock

Singinawa Foundation

Singinawa Foundation is an NGO working for the wildlife conservation and community development in Kanha Tiger Reserve. The organisation was started by famous Tiger Biologist Dr. Latika Nath. The foundation work with teams of tribal school children of 20 villages within the buffer zone of Kanha Tiger Reserve to build greater understanding of the environment they live in and the application of science to daily life (eg drinking water, house and agricultural use, alternative energy, waste disposal). They also work on Lantana Project which is turning an invasive weed into charcoal bricks offering the local community an income generating opportunity.

Many Kanha lodges agreed to buy the briquettes, which helps to reduce the pressure on the forests for firewood collection. The foundation has in the past built 5 water holes for the core area of the Park, held health camps for 56 villages in the Buffer zone of the park treating 2300 people, helped procure seven 4x4 vehicles for each of the forest ranges within Kanha and are now working closely with the government authorities in connection with health care, education and other activities.

 

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