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Geeta Seshamani

Geeta Seshamani

Geeta Seshamani started working in 1979 with an animal welfare organization called Friendicoes SECA in New Delhi. Her passion is Wildlife Conservation and Research. Geeta has been a Member of the Animal Welfare Board of India, Central Zoo Authority, Govt. of India and has received several life time achievement awards and felicitations for her work in the field. Geeta established Wildlife SOS, India (wildlifesos.org) in 1995 with Kartick Satyanarayan that runs several projects to support Bear conservation in India including the largest rehabilitation center in the world for sloth bears. She is known for her work in bringing an end to the ‘dancing bear’ problem in India while rehabilitating the Kalandar communities through education and alternate livelihoods. She is now focused on tackling Bear conservation issues through biodiversity conservation, protecting sloth bear and black bear habitat and creating bear conservation and education programs to mitigate bear human conflict in India, wherever there is an increase in human bear conflict.

Geeta was featured in ‘Women of Pure Wonder’, a coffee table book launched by Vodafone India & Vodafone Foundation. She is a recipient of the San Diego Zoo Global Conservation Medal for “Conservation in Action” (2018)and has been felicitated with The Maharana Udai Singh Award, 2019, for conservation, and community rehabilitation work.

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