Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-Founder
Kartick Satyanarayan has always loved animals. As a child, he would walk back from school with orphaned kittens and crows with broken wings, small puppies, birds, much to the chagrin of his mother! This interest gradually grew with time with Kartick befriending, rescuing, studying wild animals, snakes with an increasing fascination for the wilderness and conservation.
His dedication to this cause eventually won the heart of all around him and thus, Kartick was encouraged to follow his passion. While majoring in commerce and business management, Kartick spent much of his time in the field working on a tiger ecological status survey for the Wildlife Conservation Society (also known as the New York Zoological Society). It is then Kartick witnessed illegal timber mafia and poachers first hand. Surprising them, he instituted a ‘citizen’s arrest’ and took them down to the local authorities.
With time Kartick realized there was much more he could contribute in addition to research. He realized that the need of the hour was action with a sense of urgency to protect India’s depleting wildlife, wildlife’s habitat and environment. It was a serious situation – A real SOS for wildlife. This was how Wildlife SOS was born in 1995!
When Geeta Seshamani approached him about a project to study the ‘dancing bears’ across India which would eventually lead to conservation and protection of these bears in the wild, he took up the challenge to make Wildlife SOS the platform to bring an end to a brutal centuries old practice that was endangering India’s wild sloth bears. This project went on to become one of Wildlife SOS’s flagship project and has successfully brought an end to the cruel practice of Dancing Bears.
In December of 2009, the last dancing bear was rescued from the Indian streets, but we still find a few incidents of poaching in remote transboundary regions here in South Asia. Wildlife SOS has gone on to become one of the leading conservation organizations in the Indian subcontinent.