How the 400-yr Old Custom of Bear Dancing Was Ended in India

Kartick Satyanarayan

It took 7 years to wipe out a cruel centuries long tradition in India. Kartick Satyanarayan, with his wholehearted passion for wildlife, brought a ‘do what it takes’ attitude to the overwhelming struggle. Under the helm of his leadership, a global alliance of conservationists not only rehabilitated the bears, but also dealt with the social outcomes of trying to get an entire community to give up the only thing they had done since the time of the Mughal Empire.

  • Kartick has also led a battle against cruelty towards elephants. Raju, a 50-yr old pachyderm, famously cried after a daring midnight rescue freed him from lifelong captivity.
  • In Kaziranga National Park, rangers take a different approach to poaching – shoot them at sight . They have been given unprecedented powers. But, is the cost of this extreme step sustainable and justifiable?
  • Wildlife SOS run their own blog on the Better India portal, where they cover a number of conservation issues.

Kartick Satyanarayan

Environment & Wildlife Conservationist

Kartick Satyanarayan, the co-founder of Wildlife SOS, has dedicated his life to the cause of wildlife conservation in India.

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