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MSc Students visit Mumbai field site

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(December 10, 2018) Mumbai: The National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore offers a Masters in Conservation and Wildlife Biology. Sixteen of the students from the latest batch, including one from Nepal and another from Bangladesh, attended the field course on human wildlife relationships. Mumbai has been an interesting site to visit as it used to be a place with severe human leopard conflict, which has now given way to a good model of dealing with the presence of high density of leopards in an area of ext...

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Imran Siddiqui honoured with Sanctuary Wildlife Service Award 2018

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(December 07, 2018) Mumbai: Imran Siddiqui of the Wildlife Conservation Society - India has been honoured with the prestigious Sanctuary Wildlife Service Award 2018.Imran Siddiqui has come a long way from raising and selling poultry to fund his wildlife obsession. He is now on the Telangana State Board for Wildlife and works as an external expert for tiger monitoring in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. He is also the Assistant Director for Conservation Science at WCS-India, and the co-founder of the Hyderabad Tig...

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Brutal Slaughter of Pangolin captured on video

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(December 05, 2018) The pangolin is the world’s most trafficked mammal is generally known in wildlife circles. But a video that has emerged as part of a two-year study by Oxford researchers and others shows how brutally the animal is treated in parts of India. The footage from Assam shows the pangolin clinging to a tree for life as its tail is tugged. The hunters cut the tree and then light a fire to smoke it out. Once captured, the torture continues as it is bludgeoned and bleeding and finally thrown into bo...

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WCS-India Contest Winner felicitated

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(December 01, 2018) Bengaluru: Prasad Natarajan, the winner of WCS-India Wildlife Week Conservation Images Contest, was felicitated at the WCS office in Bangalore where he met and interacted with some of the staff and scientists.Prasad receiving a mementoPrasad is a wildlife photographer and artist who has travelled extensively through the country, capturing wildlife with his lens and easel. He is a keen birder with a soft corner for Ospreys, the "tiger among the birds". Having worked in the private sector for near...

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Dudhwa Field Director Honoured

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(November 30, 2018) Ramesh Pandey, Chief Conservator of Forests & Field Director, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, was conferred the 'excellent contribution' governance award at the 6th Gfiles Governance Award for his various contributions in the field of biodiversity conservation and environmental protection.An Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer of the 1996 batch, Uttar Pradesh Cadre, Ramesh Kumar Pandey has been recognised for his honest, disciplined and targeted approach towards conservation and environ...

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WCS - India team meets FD Telangana Officials

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(November 28, 2018) Hyderabad: The WCS-India team had a productive meeting with the Telangana Forest Department officials today. The team strategised ways to collaboratively combat trafficking in the state by building capacity through workshops employing simulation trainings to detect, investigate and successfully prosecute wildlife criminals.(From Left) Sahila Kudalkar, Combating Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Program, WCS-India; Imran Siddiqui, Assistant Director-Conservation Science, WCS-India; Tirupathaiah, Direc...

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Training for IFS Officers

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(November 16, 2018) IFS officers from across the country arrived in Bangalore and proceeded to the River Tern Jungle Lodges near Bhadra Tiger Reserve. They were here to participate in "One-week compulsory training on voluntary relocation for Tiger Reserves" jointly organised by WCS-India and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). The participants were taken through the story of Bhadra relocation, successfully completed in the early part of this century and often cited as a model for volunt...

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Pictures

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(November 16, 2018) Participants at the trainingAt the MC Halli community hallVisit to Hebbe anti-poaching campParticipants at the Basur-Kaval grassland
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Presentations and Discussions

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(November 16, 2018) Nov 13, 2018: The ‘Compulsory training course on voluntary resettlement of villages for Tiger reserves’ for IFS officers organised by WCS-India and the MoEFCC began with a classroom session for half a day where key players in the Bhadra voluntary relocation  addressed the audience and shared their experiences.Shreedev H, who conducted the sessions, briefly gave an introduction into the Bhadra landscape and the need for relocation. He then introduced the speakers.The presentation...

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Field Visits

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(November 16, 2018) Leopard sighting during morning jungle safari at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary © Pradeep HegdeAs part of the training for IFS officers, the participants were taken around the Bhadra landscape to understand the conservation context of the relocation. They went around the Lakkavalli range of Bhadra Tiger Reserve to see some of the flora and fauna in the landscape. Elephants, gaurs, sambar, cheetal, leopard, muntjac, flying squirrel, langur and mongoose were sighted while Crested serpent eagle, In...

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