About Us

The Wildlife Conservation Society is committed to saving wildlife and wild places worldwide. It does so through science, conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. WCS is committed to this mission which it believes is essential to the integrity of life on earth. Wildlife Conservation Society has furthered its global mission in India since 1988, beginning with a detailed study of tiger ecology.

© Amith Bangre
Photo Credit: © Amith Bangre

The India program can be traced back to 1963, to the first-ever scientific study of wild tigers by Dr. George Schaller. Two decades later, WCS-India initiated the first detailed ecological study of tigers in India employing radio telemetry at Nagarahole in Karnataka. This research project went on to become a successful country-wide effort to study and save India’s national animal.

WCS India

WCS India

The WCS-India mission combines research on wildlife with conservation practices and national capacity-building through constructive collaborations with governmental and non-governmental partners. Combining extensive ecological surveys of wildlife that have yielded massive data, with conservation projects working to restore wildlife habitat, our work has helped consolidate wild spaces while also bringing hundreds of people into the mainstream to access a better quality of life. We have developed advanced statistical models for wildlife population assessments and many wildlife study techniques that are now finding applications globally.

What We Do

What We Do

India ranks amongst the 17 mega-diverse nations of the world and has rich fauna and flora that is a spectacular combination of Indo-Malayan, Afro-tropical and Palearctic elements. Further, India’s marine and coastal ecosystems support rich coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass sandy and rocky shore habitats to name a few. The ecosystem plays an important role in supporting livelihood and services. There are over 600 protected areas in the country, which cover about five per cent of the land and five percent of the marine ecosystem. However, a combination of human population growth, increasing consumption and aspirations leading to increased interactions, habitat degradation and overexploitation of resources pose serious conservation challenges. WCS – India addresses these challenges by employing research that informs conservation decisions, and works with local groups to enable interventions leading to reduced conflicts. We partner with India’s Central and State governments, local and international NGOs in the task of securing wildlife and wild places.

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Address: 551, 7th Main Road Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, 2nd Phase Bengaluru - 560097 Karnataka, India https://g.page/WCS-India?share | 080-2973-7455