Wildlife Rescue provides medical treatment and rehabilitation to about 2500 sick, injured, and orphaned raptors and water birds each year. We receive birds from many sources – members of the public, veterinary hospitals, police, government agencies, and other wildlife rehabilitators.
ALL THAT BREATHES
Oscar Awards nominated film about Wildlife Rescue
Oscar Awards and BAFTA Nominated All That Breathes has featured the story of Nadeem Shehzad and Mohammad Saud about the work they do at Wildlife Rescue
In all, All That Breathes has won 22 international film festival awards so far (February 14, 2023)
ATB is also well-praised by big names in the film critic business all over the world.
Awards like Sundance Grand Jury Award, Golden Eye Award at Cannes Film Festival, BFI London, IDA Best Film Award, Cinema Eye Award, Asia Pacific Screening Award, etc.
WHY DO THESE RAPTORS NEED OUR HELP?
Delhi has a huge population of raptors, mainly because of slaughter houses and meat processing plants.
The vast majority of raptors we receive have cut wounds that are inflicted by paper kite flying which is a favorite pastime of the people of Delhi. Further, they are poisoned by rodenticides; babies have their nest sites destroyed through construction, landscaping, or trimming of tree branches. Sometimes young birds are simply picked up when they shouldn’t be. Superstitious beliefs that claim that raptors bring bad luck are also a big reason for the people destroying their nests and poising them.
Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad, in their younger days and still in school, found a black kite lying on the side of a street. The bird’s wing had a cut wound on it. They took it to the most prominent bird hospital in Delhi hoping that the bird will find shelter and the medical care it needs. To their surprise, the staff at the hospital refused to touch the bird saying that it is a dirty bird that eats meat and told them to take the wounded bird away. They both wandered around looking for a place that can provide relief to the bird but couldn’t find a place for it. Exhausted, they left the bird at the same spot where they picked it up from and left it to its fate with a heavy heart.
Over the next few years, they would routinely come across wounded black kites lying on the streets. Most of them had been injured by the crushed glass-coated threads used to fly paper kites, one of the leisure activities for people in old Delhi. Not knowing any place that would accept the wounded birds and provide them medical care or shelter, the brothers had no choice but to ignore them and go their own way.
Until one day, they couldn’t. On a fateful day in April 2003, they found yet another injured black kite in the parking area of a park, and this time, they decided that enough was enough. Not being able to leave the bird to slowly die, they decided to take the bird home with them. Since that day, whenever they found a bird of prey in distress, they offered it food and shelter in their home. A veterinary would come to their home to have a look at the birds and palliative medical treatment was provided. This arrangement continued for almost the next 7 years, and dozens of injured birds made the roof of their home their final abode. In March 2010, the brothers decided to formalize their activity and registered a charitable trust called Wildlife Rescue. In 2012, Wildlife Rescue was also registered as a nonprofit organization with the income tax department. Subsequently, Wildlife Rescue was also registered with the ministry of home affairs under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, authorizing the organization to receive foreign contributions from abroad.
Wildlife Rescue has remained a safe abode for birds of prey in Delhi and its neighboring areas. Every year, Wildlife Rescue receives about 2,500 injured and sick birds and in terms of the volume of patients, it is one of the largest rescue facilities for raptors in the world.
WILD BIRD RESCUE
We have cared for more than 20,000 birds and animals since 2010.
Our innovative treatments help birds fly again and resume their role in the ecosystem
BIRD SHELTER & CARE
The Wildlife Rescue was formed in 2010 to provide quality health care, often on an emergency basis, to native wildlife.
The Role Of Our Wildlife Centre
Wildlife Rescue provides veterinary care for injured raptors and water birds and rehabilitate birds back into the wild.
The centre's hospital is equipped to deal with the variety of injured and sick birds that are admitted during the course of the year. We also receive about 500 to 700 orphan raptor chicks every year which needs special care and food. On average, about 2500 sick, injured and orphan birds are treated and cared for annually. The center is run by staff trained in emergency aid, with specialized avian veterinary care.
The hospital treats a wide variety of injuries and illnesses that include broken bones, infections, diseases and malnutrition. It also cares for babies and juveniles that have been left orphaned. For whatever reason a bird is brought into the hospital, the aim of the center is to rehabilitate that bird back into the wild.
Any Indian national who makes a donation to Wildlife Rescue is entitled to tax deduction under the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Please consider transferring money to Wildlife Rescue's bank account, details of which are set out below: Beneficiary: Wildlife Rescue,
Bank: HDFC Bank
Branch: Ajmeri Gate, Delhi - 110006
Account No: 50100181991374
Please mention your address and PAN to enable us to send across a receipt of the donation to you.
CONTACT WILDLIFE RESCUE
2970, Shah Ganj, Ajmeri Gate, Delhi - 110006
C - 6/1, Street No 9, Wazirabad Village, Delhi - 110084