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“Such a shame!”

Wildlife SOS Elephant & Bear Sanctuary
Ranked #4 of 107 things to do in Agra
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Wildlife SOS - Agra Bear Rescue Facility is a home to 200 rescued dancing bears. Forest Department Admission fees: 500/- Foreigner 50/- Indian.(Only 10 minutes tour by security) DOES NOT GO FOR BEARS BUT GOVERNMENT. Guided Tour - 1500/- per person information & interaction with WSOS staff and guided 90 minutes tour. Wildlife SOS - Elephant Conservation & Care Centre is a home to 21 rescued circus & begging elephants. Guided Tour - 1500/- per person information & interaction with WSOS staff and guided 90 minutes tour.
Bedfordshire
Level 6 Contributor
155 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Such a shame!”
Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

To enter you pass through a bird sanctuary. I only wanted to visit the bears because I wanted to donate & mind take some photos. I didn't plan on spending more than an hour. I ended up paying for my driver, my previous Agra guide, the car, myself... All of which I didn't mind but then had to pay 1000 rupees!! Just for a camera. I have travelled the world & never paid this much for a camera! Even to see the orangutans close up in borneo cost much less! The bears had been fed so we hardly saw any. The bird sanctuary was ok but not many birds lovely for a picnic though.
Such a disappointment... & the sanctuary get none of the 1000r fee... So even more gutted!

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56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Safe place great people”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

We visited in Sept 2012. We had a tour guide and driver for a day Rajeev Sikawar that we found on Viator Personal Tour Guides, who was beyond excellent by the way. It was a drive to get to, then they wouldnt let us in, some type of political red tape which I still dont know what it was all about but Rajeev spoke on our behalf and after some time we were allowed to drive through, then we had to wait before someone from the gate came to let us in. It was all an experience and the actual walk through was short but very good. Many of the bears that were abused still exhibit a great deal of stress and some are blind but there home now is safe and they are fed well. There was a short film that we watched and then asked if we wanted to donate which we did quite willingly. While we were there our visit was cut short because the worker who was showing us around got called out to retrieve a BIG snake that was in someones house. So we are leaving and the car wont start and our guide Rajeev is soooo apologetic but we were ok with it. The scenery was nice, the atmosphere was peaceful, there were a few very well cared for dogs that the guards out front looked after that I enjoyed to watch and we just rested and talked to everyone and they were so nice offered us chairs in the shade etc. Then someone came to fix the car and we saw that worker pull back in on a motorbike carrying a big bag over his shoulder that was this snake! ( I guess they released it out where it couldnt get into someone elses house!) So that was our day. If you are in Agra and love animals you should come here.

Visited September 2012
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Sydney
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Eye-opening experience”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

This rescue facility is amazing. It was a very moving experience for us and even our Indian driver had never been. The 10 minute movie we saw described very well and movingly the plight of bears in India who in the past were made to perform for people.

Visited February 2013
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best place in Agra......”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

Hands down the best wildlife facilities we've seen in India. They rehab both the bears and the former bear-dancers. Great people dong great work!

Visited December 2012
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Virginia
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Visit if you can”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

This is a great operation which rescues performing sloth bears and elephants from lives of abuse. You can visit the animals and talk to the staff and learn more about the projects they do. Make a small donation if you can - they're not really equipped to handle many visitors and really appreciate any help you can provide.

Visited November 2012
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