Agra Bear Rescue Project

  • This project is located in the Soor Sagar Forest Sanctuary, Keetham, Agra. The project is run by Wildlife SOS, and currently houses approx 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. The official website is
  • Wildlife SOS has also in Nov 2010 re-located five elephants into a facility about 12kms from this Centre. This is in fledgling stage and a good short visit idea while driving in from Delhi to Agra. Fortunately no tickets are required but prior coordination is.
  • The organization has also purchased a 2 acre land area and plan to construct an eco village with ethnic huts etc and modern amenities. This eco-village will also be available to host group lunches. The plan is under finalization and I would feed in more data on this as it comes in.
  • Visit Timings : Between 09.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. although a 24 x 7 facility.

HIS – India

  • The Help in Suffering – India organization looks after animals. Website is Mrs Timmie Kumar heads this NGO and her email ID is Tel No is 0141 2760012. Should a voluntourist be interested in animal welfare and care, this organization is ideal as it deals from camels to dogs to birds. They also have a Camel Rescue Centre in Bassi, approx 35 minutes drive on the Jaipur – Agra highway, to care for the 5-6000 working and aged camels in this region. Their presence can be seen by tourists during the Pushkar and other major rural festivals of Rajasthan.
  • Visit Timings : Between 09.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. although a 24 x 7 facility.
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