Karuna Society for Animals and Nature has been involved in the rescue of local wildlife from its inception in 2000.
There is little or no structural support for wild animals in distress in our area. The closest zoo or rescue centre is hundreds of kilometres away.
Initially we did not have proper facilities to treat and keep injured wildlife but we improved and developed our facilities year by year, adjusting to the needs of the animals and the requirements made by the Central Zoo Authorities.
We received two donations for the construction of the Sloth Bear facilities (Phillip Wollen Australia and “Free the Bear”, Australia).
In Andhra Pradesh there are some protected areas for wildlife but the problems wild animals are facing occur mostly in rural areas where villagers encroach on animal habitat by agricultural activities and man-animal conflicts occur at times of drought when wild animals, in search of water and food, come close to the villages. Hunting with packs of dogs happens all year around and is part of village life.
Anantapur district is home to approximately 150 sloth bears, countless black buck, sambar deer, peafowl, monkeys, snakes, wild boars, painted storks, pangolin, and many more.
Hunting, electrocution, beating and stealing go unchecked. There is no awareness about the long term damage of these illegal activities.
Many of our acquisitions are black buck brought to us by the local forest department. They also call us for support in more complicated rescues like sloth bears and leopards. All rescue activities are taken care of by the Secretary of Karuna Society, Narendra Reddy.
“Meet the Sloth Bears, especially our bear cubs Raama and Giri, the disabled monkeys and rescued deer. Meeting with wildlife gives a new dimension to your life.”
Our Vision on Wildlife Rescue
Although there are protected forests and sanctuaries, it is in the rural areas where the interface between wildlife and humans is mostly at the cost of the individual wild animals, large and small.
Traditional hunting, poaching, encroaching of forests by agriculture or industries, degrading of forests due to droughts and overgrazing are causing severe suffering to all forms of wildlife.
Firstly, rescue, medical care and rehabilitation for every wild animal in distress in our area. This includes the need for shelter and life time care for those animals that cannot be rehabilitated.
Secondly, to analyse the causes of the existing problems and to create solutions and improvements where the suffering of wildlife can be relieved and prevented.
At present the most pressing problems are:
The hunting and poaching activities.
The need to work together with the Forest Department and other Animal Welfare Societies in rescue activities and to share information.
We need a MoU with the wildlife/forest department about a safe stretch of dense forest where we can rehabilitate rescued animals.
Development of a “soft release” programme for rescued young Sloth Bears with the help of established wildlife organisations.