Dr. Vidya Athreya

Dr. Vidya Athreya has been a biologist whose work straddles large cat biology and the socio-cultural aspects of shared spaces between people and wildlife in India. She is a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group and SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Specialist Group. She has worked extensively with multiple stakeholders including media, and collaborated with the state Forest Departments on all her projects leading to formulating state and national level policy guidelines on managing human-leopard conflict. Vidya’s research work has led to an increased awareness of large carnivores outside Protected Areas in India. Vidya was awarded the Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award in 2011, TN Koshoo Memorial Award in 2012 and the Maharana Udai Singh Award in 2013. To know more about her work, please visit:


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