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Statement by Country Director of WCS India regarding FIR wrongly filed against Karnataka Forest Officers

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(January 31, 2018) BENGALURU, 30 January 2018: On behalf of the Wildlife Conservation Society – India, I would like to issue a statement regarding the recent FIR filed against three forest officers of the Karnataka Forest Department, Kodagu district. We understand that the FIR has been registered against the three forest officers in a case where a person was killed by a wild elephant due to a serious conflict situation.  We wish to express our deepest sympathies to the bereaved family.We are aware of th...


Counting Tigers, the Right Way: Book on Advanced Methods Published

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(December 22, 2017) MEDIA CONTACT:Dr. Ullas KaranthEmail: <>New Book Provides Proven Methods for Monitoring Tiger and Prey PopulationsTigers now occupy less than 7% of their historic range© Ullas Karanth/WCS on snapshot to view videOBENGALURU, 21 December 2017: A new book co-edited by tiger biologist Dr. Ullas Karanth of (WCS) Wildlife Conservation Society and Dr. James Nichols, an Emeritus statistic...


WCS conservationists and partners win Sanctuary Wildlife Awards

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(December 10, 2017) BENGALURU, 9 December 2017 –  Wildlife conservationists and partners associated with Bengaluru-based Wildlife Conservation Society-India have won various awards at the Sanctuary Wildlife Awards held in Mumbai yesterday, 8 December 2017. The awardees are Mr. Jayachandran S, Mr. Shashank Dalvi, Mr. Nikit Surve and Ms. Vaishali Rawat. The Sanctuary Wildlife Awards were constituted in 2000 by Sanctuary, to shine a spotlight on the unsung heroes who are defending wildernesses in the Indian...


Scientists find sign-surveys can reliably assess distribution of wildlife

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(October 27, 2017) 1. Scat and track surveys of wildlife is reliable and cost-effective2. Scientists studied sloth bears in Bhadra Tiger Reserve in Karnataka3. First rigorous comparison of two different methods of monitoring distribution of wildlife (camera trap survey and sign survey)4. Scientists say both sources of data produced nearly identical resultsBENGALURU, 26 October 2017 - A new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society-India Program, the Centre for Wildlife Studies, and the University of Florida-Gai...


Scientists find media sensitisation helps decrease sensationalism in reportage of human-wildlife conflict incidents

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(October 13, 2017) Constructive dialogue with the media through workshops encouraged more balanced reporting of human-wildlife conflict issuesWorkshops aimed to de-sensationalize coverage of negative interactions and provide more fact-based information to the publicNew study highlights how proactive engagement with the media can lead to positive changes in how wildlife conservation issues are covered BENGALURU, 12 OCTOBER 2017 – Mass media plays an important role in shaping perceptions of the public. It...


Study Calls for Urgent Need for Improved Human-Wildlife Conflict Management Across India

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(June 29, 2017) 1. Up to 32 Wildlife Species Damaging Life and Property2. Human-Wildlife Conflict Endangers Both Human Livelihoods and Wildlife Survival Globally BENGALURU 28 JUNE 2017 -- There is an urgent need to strengthen human-wildlife conflict management across India, as up to 32 wildlife species are damaging life and property in this nation of 1 billion people, according to a recent study published in the July 2017 edition of Human Dimensions of Wildlife.The researchers are calling for the identific...


Time-stamps provide valuable information to study tigers, say scientists

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(May 23, 2017) MEDIA CONTACT:Dr. Ullas KaranthEmail: <>Phone: 080-2211 8976For the first time, scientists incorporate time of photo-capture to estimate abundance and spatial distribution of tigersTraditionally time-data is discarded during analysis despite availability of the information in camera-trap dataNew methodology of analysis represents data closer to reality that provides a chance to learn more about the behaviour and movement of tigersBENGALURU 22 May 2017 – 70 percent o...


Sliding towards extinction: Scientists find that 60% of mammals are imperiled

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(March 15, 2017) MEDIA CONTACT:Dr. Varun R. GoswamiEmail: <> | Phone: +91-9901-943676Treating large mammals as ‘umbrella species’ for conservation facilitates protection of the larger ecosystems and overall biodiversityBENGALURU, March 14, 2017 – A public declaration made last year by a group of 43 renowned international scientists called for a global plan to prevent the world’s large mammals from slipping into oblivion. This led to debates among scienti...


Home-range size of dhole estimated using camera traps for the first time in India

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(February 28, 2017) MEDIA CONTACT:‌Arjun SrivathsaEmail: <>Dr. Ullas KaranthEmail: <> | Phone: 080-2211 8976Researchers present for the first time using camera-traps, home-range size of Asiatic wild dogs (dholes)Study is based on intensive camera-trap surveys in the Western Ghat forestsResearchers track two marked individuals, and record their movement in these forestsBENGALURU 27 February 2017 - A new study led by scientists from Wildlife Conservation Soc...


Can’t we all Just Get Along – Like India’s Cats and Dogs?

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(February 20, 2017) MEDIA CONTACT:Dr. Divya VasudevEmail: <>, Phone: +91 96638 99211Dr. Ullas KaranthEmail: <>, Phone: +80 22118976New study says despite direct competition, tigers, leopards, and dholes are living side by side in protected areasTigers and dholes are classified as Endangered by IUCN; leopards are considered VulnerableAdditional Images available here: the...


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