When Singapore responds to the SOS calls of endangered animals
10/1/2015 11:25:51 AM
|written By : Sanchita Mahajan|
Nearly 500 people of all age groups, from babes in arms to retirees came down to the lovely heritage building nestled in a leafy part of central Singapore, responding to the call of Wildlife SOS to immerse themselves in beautifully curated artworks that spoke from the heart.
The event was a grassroots art exhibition where children and grown ups alike were invited by Bridgeable Singapore to exhibit their wildlife Artworks and Photographs free of charge in support of Wildlife SOS (WSOS).
WSOS was founded by Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani in India in 1995. Kartick was haunted by the sight of the brutalised performing bears. These nocturnal animals were made to perform dances during the day on the streets of India. Satyanarayan co-created WSOS and proceeded to free and rehabilitate the bears, which were then released into the wild. He also helped the community that used to capture them with alternate livelihood training. Today, 20 years later, there are hardly any bears dancing on the streets. It was an audacious, bold and effective move.
Although Wildlife SOS is mainly known for its work with the “Dancing Bears” of India, they also have projects to help leopards, elephants, reptiles and other animals. Their aim is to make lasting change to protect and conserve India’s natural heritage, forest and wildlife wealth.