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Chimps Are Losing Their Culture, Study Says

(March 19, 2019) Tool use, unique social groups are disappearing due to human disturbance.Read Publicationhttps://youtu.be/1nXYIAIb4C8A sweeping new study published in the journal Science says that chimpanzee’s complex cultures – including the use of tools and other behaviors – are being lost as human disturbance expands into previously wild areas.The ten-year study, led by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, s...

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MoU for removing invasive species in Wayanad Sanctuary

(March 10, 2019) Wayanad: A MoU was signed between WCS-India and the Forest Development Agency - Sulthan Batheri, Kerala to support Forest Department in eradication work of the invasive plant species Senna spectabilis from the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. This will be done as per the guidelines of the Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) by employing the members of the  Eco Development Committee of  Muthanga  and flood-affected families of the area. The Royal Bank of Scotland Foundation is provi...

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The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

(March 07, 2019) Hyderabad Tiger Conservation Society, WCS-India, and Annapurna International School of Film & Media bring to you The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival On Tour: Hyderabad. The Festival will be organised on the 8th, 9th and 10th of March, 2019 at the Shiva Preview Theatre, Annapurna Studios.All the films being projected over the three days are a part of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, who is our collaborator for the content.There will be a wildlife photography exhibit from...

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Capacity Building Workshop for Jharkhand Forest Staff

(March 06, 2019)  Jharkhand: A two-day training was conducted by WCS-India at Jharkhand State Forest Training Institute, Mahilong. This training focuses on building capacity of forest officers to understand the scale of wildlife trade, impacts of wildlife trafficking, protocols to be followed during investigation, search and seizure, powers entrusted to the forest officers under India’s wildlife protection law and efforts to improve conviction rate of wildlife criminals in the state. A total of 39 fro...

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Interactive Session with M.Sc Wildlife Students

(March 06, 2019) Bengaluru: In an interaction with M.Sc students of wildlife biology and conservation, research associate Arjun Srivastava talked about the wild canid project highlighting the need for more studies and better conservation of the species. The students quizzed him on various aspects of the project structure and results.

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Tragic Demise of Mr. S Manikandan, IFS - Condolences

(March 03, 2019) Bengaluru: I, on behalf of Wildlife Conservation Society-India Program, condole the tragic demise of Mr. S Manikandan, Conservator of Forests, Nagarahole National Park, Karnataka.  Mr. S. Manikandan passed away in a shocking incident inside Nagarahole National Park when he was confronting and killed by a wild elephant while performing his duties in the D B Kuppe range.Our deepest condolences are with the bereaved family and friends of Mr. Manikandan.  Forest department personnel often ...

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Reptile Rescue and Rehabilitation Training

(March 03, 2019) A two-day training workshop was held to educate and strengthen the front line forest department staff of North Bengal on various aspects of reptile care and rescue. The training was jointly offered by the Dept. of Forest, West Bengal and WCS-India. Shyama Prasad Pandey from the NGO, SPOAR (Society for Protecting Ophiofauna and Animal Rights) was part of the training team.Forest Guards, Beat Officers, Rangers, PDLs [Packaged daily labours of the dept] and ADFOs were informed about reptile rescues...

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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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