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In Memory of Sathish Joshi

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In Memory of Sathish Joshi
(June 14, 2021) It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of a valued colleague, Mr. Sathish Joshi. He was our Administration Manager and his presence will be greatly missed. He was always cheerful, curious and willing to help anyway he could. He was a true joy to work with and we will never forget the warmth his smile brought to the office each and every day. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time.

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (May 2021)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (May 2021)
(June 10, 2021) Counter Wildlife Trafficking NewsletterMay 2021  In FocusAdding on to the list of initiatives taken towards wildlife conservation, the state of Arunachal Pradesh has started the "Air Gun Surrender Abhiyan" initiative, where local communities are asked to surrender their air guns used for hunting, in exchange for other benefits. The objective behind this initiative is to create awareness within local indigenous communities on the ill effects of hunting wildlife. The Arunachal Prade...

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In Memory of Parigi Vedavyas

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In Memory of Parigi Vedavyas
(May 29, 2021) It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of a valued colleague, Mr. Parigi Vedavyasa. He was an important part of the Finance team and will be greatly missed. He was a true joy to work with and we will never forget the warmth his smile brought to the office each and every day. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time.

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Country Director Announcement

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Country Director Announcement
(May 28, 2021) We are delighted to announce Dr. Vidya Athreya as our new Country Director. She has had a long, productive career in wildlife science and conservation, using a collaborative approach towards resolving human-wildlife conflicts while working in close partnership with the Forest Departments, NGOs, NGIs as well as other conservation partners such as the media. Dr. Athreya has been with Wildlife Conservation Society-India Program since 2013 and her team’s research has been published in a variet...

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World Turtle Day 2021

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World Turtle Day 2021
(May 26, 2021) Freshwater turtles and tortoises are among the threatened taxa facing extreme survival challenges in terms of habitat destruction, illegal trade, targeted hunting for meat and eggs, and various other anthropogenic activities. India harbours 24 species of freshwater turtles and five species of tortoises where most of the turtles are protected under various schedules of Wildlife Protection Act 1972. However, there exists a lack of awareness and knowledge about these charismatic species, their dist...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (April 2021)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (April 2021)
(May 05, 2021) Counter Wildlife Trafficking NewsletterApril 2021News Scan (1-30 April)Odisha: Leopard skin seized, two arrested in Khordha | 3 April 2021A Crime Branch Special Task Force (STF) arrested two persons for illegal possession of leopard skin in Bolagarh during a raid conducted in Khordha district of Odisha.Read moreTeak wood seized in Rayagada | 3 April 2021Padampur forest range personnel seized teak wood logs near a temple at Khamapadara in Rayagada district.Read moreCountry-made firearms, wildlife...

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Webinar for lawyers: Legal documentation for wildlife crime cases

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(May 03, 2021) We all know that India is a mega-diverse nation that witnesses rampant illegal wildlife trade. Over the past few years, we at WCS-India have worked closely with forest departments and other agencies that are trying to curb this menace. These agencies benefit greatly from legal advice and guidance given to them by lawyers like you!Our legal team is hosting a webinar, the second in its series, exploring the nuances of legal documentation under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. If you want to l...

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A big thank you to all of the lawyers

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A big thank you to all of the lawyers
(April 21, 2021) A big thank you to all of the lawyers who have generously volunteered their time and efforts to help our Counter Wildlife Trafficking team! Your assistance and technical expertise have been invaluable to us, and we hope to keep working with, and learning from all of you.

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (March 2021)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (March 2021)
(April 14, 2021) Counter Wildlife Trafficking NewsletterMarch 2021News Scan (1-31 March)Elusive tigress with snare on neck finally captured from Bandipur's Gundre range | 1 March 2021The tigress with a snare around its neck, which had kept the forest officials in Karnataka and Kerala on high alert, was captured by the forest staffers in Gundre range of Bandipur Tiger Reserve (BTR). The tigress was first sighted with a snare on its neck in Kerala. After two failed attempts to capture it, the tigress had given the...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (February 2021)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (February 2021)
(March 08, 2021) Counter Wildlife Trafficking NewsletterFebruary 2021  News Scan (1-28 February)Redsanders logs seized | 2 February 2021The Andhra Pradesh State Redsanders Anti-smuggling Task Force teams seized redsanders logs  and three cars, and nabbed six persons after a long chase from Chandragiri near Tirupati to Kolar in Karnataka.Read moreNine fined ₹9.25 lakh for poaching deer | 2 February 2021Forest Department officials slapped a fine of ₹9.25 lakh on nine persons for poaching sambar deer...

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