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Workshop on Countering Wildlife Trade by WCCB Inspectors

(February 27, 2019) Bengaluru: An internal workshop on methods of countering trade in wildlife products was organized by the WCS-India Program at its Bengaluru office.  Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), New Delhi deputed two of its Inspectors, Mr R S Sharath and Mr Pradeep Kumar to conduct the workshop covering topics such as WCCB's mandate and functions, role of enforcement agencies in tackling wildlife crime and intelligence gathering techniques towards busting illegal wildlife trade.  Extensive dis...

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WCS-India Workshop for Forest Department staff in Jharkhand

(February 27, 2019) Jharkhand: WCS-India will be conducting a capacity building workshop for the forest department staff in combatting wildlife trafficking in Jharkhand. We hope to further equip the department and support them in tackling the serious issue of wildlife trafficking.Wildlife trade is the third most rampant illegal trade in the world, only after illegal trade in arms and narcotics. India is a prime source country for wildlife trade, and it is reported that in 2018 alone, 329 leopards and 78 tigers were...

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Additional Director of WCCB visits WCS India office

(February 26, 2019) Bengaluru: Ms. Tilotama Varma is an IPS Officer (1990 batch), currently working as the Additional Director, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. On an invitation by our Director Ms. Prakriti Srivastava, Ms. Varma visited WCS-India office in Bengaluru. Discussions were held on current conservation issues and various challenges confronting our wildlife and forest.

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MoU with Telangana Forest Department

(February 25, 2019) Mr Kota Thirupathaiah (Retired APCCF, Telangana Forest Academy), Mr P.K. Jha (PCCF & HOFF, Telangana), Mr Munindra (APCCF - Wildlife, Telangana) with Prakriti Srivastava, WCS-India Country Director and WCS-India team.Hyderabad: WCS-India has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Telangana Forest Department to conduct capacity building workshops for combatting wildlife trafficking in the State. Together, we hope to further equip the Forest Department and support them in tackling...

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Talks held with Rajasthan Forest Department on ways to conserve GIB

(February 22, 2019) Experts who met to discuss ways to conserve the Great Indian Bustard and its habitat. © H S Sathya Chandra SagarCountry Director of WCS-India, Prakriti Srivastava met Mr. C.S. Ratnasamy IFS (PCCF and HoFF), Mr. Arindam Tomar IFS (CWW), Dr. G.V. Reddy IFS (PCCF TREE) and Mr. Arijit Banerjee IFS (APCCF Forest Protection), all senior officials of Rajasthan Forest Department, to reaffirm the immediate need to save the Great Indian Bustard and its habitat in Rajasthan. She was accompanied by int...

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International experts visit Desert National Park

(February 21, 2019) WCS-India and Rajasthan Forest department facilitated a visit of international experts to assess the habitat status, consider existing conservation efforts and identify immediate interventions with the goal to help recover the population of the Great Indian Bustard in the state. The experts are Dr. Nigel Collar (chairperson of IUCN Bustard Expert committee) and Dr. Paul Donald from Birdlife International. Accompanying them are WCS-India's country director Prakriti Srivastava and other staff memb...

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Field visit to Amrabad Tiger Reserve

(February 15, 2019) Hyderabad: The M.Sc students of Wildlife Biology and Conservation from NCBS recently visited the Amrabad Tiger Reserve in Telangana as part of field studies. They learnt about the ecology of the landscape from research scholars Sachin Sridhara and Shashank Ongole. How trees adapt to the heat, the various possible techniques, methods to calculate carbon absorption in a plot of trees, seed dispersal by birds and ungulates, and so on were some topics of discussion.The students also learnt to identi...

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Dev Prakash Bankhwal joins WCS-India

(February 08, 2019) Mr. Dev Prakash Bankhwal, IFS (Retd), who was till January 2019, the PCCF (Wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden, Assam, joined WCS-India to lead our program on Combating Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) in North-East India. This is a new and extremely important project for WCS-India and has the potential for significant impact in terms of understanding and addressing illegal wildlife trade in India.We welcome Mr. Bankhwal into the WCS-India family. 

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Kaadumane Gets Best Wildlife Stay Award

(February 04, 2019) New Delhi: Kaadumane Homestay, near Joida in Karnataka has romped home as the Best Wildlife Stay, winning the gold under Outlook’s Responsible Tourism Initiative for the Year 2019.Narasimha Bhat (right) receiving the Outlook Responsible tourism award from Belinda Wright.The three-acre wilderness “hideaway” attracts deer, gliding frogs, flying squirrels and 65 species of birds. Started in 2007, it is home to 109 species of fruit trees, 19 species of citrus, 46 species ...

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