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Wild Republic has been delighting consumers around the globe with an expansive collection of nature-related toys and gifts since 1979. Headquartered in Independence, Ohio, Wild Republic has offices throughout the world with international distribution serving zoos, museums, aquariums and retailers.

Wild Republic Timeline


Founded as K&M International by G.B. and Kamala Pillai.


Expansion into Europe

  • Rebranded to the Wild Republic due to explosion of the Wild Republic Hanging Monkey line

  • Wild Republic Retail was founded to assist customers in shop operations

  • India manufacturing started as Bodygear making treadmills


Expansion into Australia


KMIT, now Wild Republic Tech, was created as a division of the company to further serve our customers and enhance the consumer experience at attractions


Opened India wholesale


Wild Republic Retail opened operations at Zoo Berlin shop


Global Headquarters and North America warehouse operations moved to new state-of-the-art home in Independence, Ohio

At Wild Republic, we strive to maximize the positive impact we make on our customers, our community and our planet. That’s why we stand behind the following core company values:

  • Seek to Understand and Respect
  • Be Nice and Truthful
  • Be the change
  • Get it done!
  • Own and Lead
  • Collaboration
  • Be Real and Smile

Wild Republic was created to connect our founder’s love for children and wildlife.

Our mission has always been to deliver toys and stuffed animals that foster curiosity about wildlife and educate children about the wonders of nature. An important part of our mission has always been to ensure the Wild Republic brand of toys and stuffed animals adhere to the strictest of toy safety standards not only for the US, but also for worldwide distribution.

Due to environmental concerns around the globe, we are taking the next step in our journey and have made the below initiatives.

  • 80% recycled cardboard in our packaging
  • Usage of Soy Ink
  • The fill in the plush made of 100% recycled water bottles
  • Only 50% of the Plush Line contains beads
  • Whenever beads are being used we use regrind beads (made of recycled materials) and/or a 50/50 combination of regrind beads and other eco-friendly ingredients
  • We use a biodegradable alternative to plastic inner packs
  • Have transitioned the majority of our toys to eliminate single use plastic

Our Journey to a More Sustainable Future

WR Journey to a More Sustainable Future
G.B Pillai - Founder & Entrepreneur

When Mr. Pillai could not be in the presence of wild animals in their natural habitats, he filled his need to be around animals by going to zoos and aquariums. There he watched children mesmerized by the animals they witnessed; knowing many would never have the opportunity, as he had, to see these animals in the wild. He knew to help preserve these animals in the wild, it was vital these children get to experience them in zoos and aquariums. He also knew that was not enough to keep them engaged with wildlife education and conservation. Mr. Pillai intuitively knew these children would enjoy taking home a memento from their experience that would help drive their curiosity and love of animals.

The first plush Mr. Pillai sold was a dolphin. From there his innovations and momentum continued to the first ever hanging monkey plush and beyond, way beyond! Mr. Pillai did the product development and sales while Mrs. Pillai did the buying, billing and packing. Together they were the perfect team.

Click here to learn more about Mr. and Mrs. Pillai’s 90-year legacy.

Since 1979, Wild Republic’s leadership team has inspired toy innovation and environmental consciousness around the globe. Today, we not only offer dozens of leading toy brands and hundreds of wildlife stuffed animals designed to inspire learning and imaginative play, but we also lead the industry in ecofriendly products and processes.

Vish Chandran, inspires the Wild Republic team through his firm commitment to the company’s mission and core values as well as Wild Republic’s Promise to the Planet and Promise to the People initiatives.

“My personal mission is to help humans and animals in need to live in peace by supporting humanitarian programs and services as well as to leave this planet better than we found it by ensuring our company evolves as the leader in our industry for sustainable products and processes,” stated Mr. Chandran.

As Wild Republic business explodes beyond expected growth and success, our obligation remains to our customers and to our conservation and humanitarian efforts.

Vish Chandran
Vish Chandran - CEO


Over the years, Wild Republic has garnered praise from some of the top toy organizations in the world. Check out our recent awards and distinctions for toy quality, safety, environmental friendliness and educational value:

  • Mom’s Choice Award, National Parenting Product Award, The Toy Insider Winner – Message from the Planet

  • National Parenting Product Award, The Toy Insider Winner – Monsterkins

  • Dr. Toy 10 Best Educational Products – Nature Tubes

  • Dr. Toy Best Vacation Products – Nature Tubes

  • Dr. Toy Best Picks New Products – Cuddlekins

  • Dr. Toy Best Vacation Products – FUNimation Station

  • Dr. Toy best Green Product – Audubon Purses

  • Dr. Toy Top 100 Products of the Year – Audubon Purses

  • National Parenting Publications of America Silver Award – Express Trains

  • Parents Magazine Top Toys of the Year – Express Trains