Wildlife SOS

Saving India's Wildlife

aka Wildlife SOS   |   SLC, UT   |  http://www.wildlifesos.org

Mission

Wildlife SOS, protecting India’s wildlife from habitat loss and human
exploitation.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Nicole Sharp

Main address

406 E 300 S #302

SLC, UT 84111 USA

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EIN

20-3274638

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

India's wildlife is under severe threat - every animal from the majestic elephant and the tiger to the shy sloth bear and rare pangolins. Wildlife is exploited for profit in India. This is both a welfare issue and wildlife conservation issue.

Conservation of wildlife in India requires addressing issues surrounding both captive and wild animals as well as addressing the human connection to these species.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Wildlife SOS Bear Rescue and Care

Wildlife SOS has 5 bear rescue facilities and an under cover antipoaching network in several states in India.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Wildlife SOS rescues and cares for abused captive elephants. The sanctuary in Mathura, India has over 20 rescued elephants that receive lifetime world class care.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Starting in 2018, we launched an advertising campaign designed to reduce demand for elephant rides in Jaipur, India.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals positively impacted by the organization.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children, People of South Asian descent, Extremely poor people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number includes all the animals cared for at Wildlife SOS sanctuaries and all animals rescued , rehabilitated or released, or protected.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Wildlife SOS was established to protect and conserve India's natural heritage, forest and wildlife wealth. The organization is working in India to address both wildlife conservation and welfare issues with captive wildlife. Wildlife SOS has several goals:

1) Wildlife SOS has rescued all of India's dancing bears. The last dancing bear in India was rescued in 2009 which brought the total to 627 bears rescued. Our current goal is to maintain India with no dancing bears for one generation.

2) Wildlife SOS seeks to improve the quality of life of captive elephants and help to preserve the wild populations of Asian elephants in India.

3) Creating model programs for reducing human animal conflict and improving animal welfare of captive animals.

1) Create model sanctuaries where animals that cannot be returned to the wild receive quality lifetime care.

2) Empowering communities that were previously exploiting wildlife to earn a living to not having to rely on animals for their livelihood.

3) Anti-poaching teams that work in the field to provide safer habitat.

4) Pursuing legal action to prevent illegal wildlife trafficking and enforcing existing laws.

5) Working with communities to coexist with wildlife.

6) Reduce public demand for elephant rides with awareness and education programs.

Wildlife SOS is registered in the USA, UK and India as a non-profit organization. All three entities work closely together to accomplish our goals. The organization has the following capabilities to carry out the strategies:

1) Wildlife SOS has 9 sanctuaries to provide lifetime care for elephants, bears and leopards. An experienced team of veterinarians and international colloborations help us provide world class medical care for the animals in the sanctuaries. We also have the first and only Elephant Hospital in India.

2) Wildlife SOS has a 24 hour wildlife rescue hotline operating in Delhi, India.

3) Wildlife SOS has an established team to oversee the empowerment programs for women and children in order to ensure a generation without dancing bears.

4) Wildlife SOS has an legal team experienced in animal welfare laws and issues.

Wildlife SOS has rescued 33 elephants from extreme abuse and provided them with high quality lifetime care.

The organization has ended the dancing bear problem that has existed for centuries. Thus far maintaining almost 10 years without a dancing bear in India.

The 24 hour call center has rescues thousands of birds, mammals and reptiles each year.

Wildlife SOS is expanding the existing sanctuary for elephants to prepare for future rescues. We opened India's first elephant hospital. This hospital provides care for not only our resident elephants but offer treatment to non-resident populations. In addition, the hospital will also serve as a teaching facility for medical professionals.

Creating a mahout (elephant caregiver) training program that provides basic training on humane elephant management and care.

Refuse to Ride advertising and awareness campaign launched to reduce demand for elephant riding. Our goal is to expand the advertising campaign worldwide via digital media.

We have developed a bear safety film to help educate locals on how to prevent bear attacks - for areas where sloth bear and human habitats overlap.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Wildlife SOS

Board of directors
as of 6/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Greta Palmer

Danielle Brigida

Amber Ayers

Kate Schnepel

Greta Palmer

Kristen Broz

Laura Gonzo

Sunny Branson

Miriam Waigand

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/21/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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