Sahila Kudalkar

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Sahila leads the combating illegal wildlife trade program at WCS – India. She has been associated with the WCS – India program since 2013. After an undergraduate education in Electronics Engineering, she obtained her Masters degree in Conservation Biology from the State University of New York in 2016. Over the past seven years her work has focused upon research and conservation of several endangered and/or lesser known species such as the White-backed vulture (Gyps bengalensis), Olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), and the Chestnut white-bellied rat (Niviventer fulvescens), as well as on diverse issues such as human-wildlife conflict, voluntary resettlement, and community-based conservation.

Her primary interest lies in the design and evaluation of interventions to ensure long-term success against illegal wildlife hunting and trade in India. She seeks to employ a multidisciplinary approach that borrows from social sciences, economics, biology, and criminology, simultaneously engaging with both national and local institutions to tackle wildlife trade. Sahila’s long-term goal is to promote the integration of conservation science not just into policy, but also into the daily governance of Indian institutions.

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  1. […] 20 August: WCS-India Country Director Ms. Prakriti Srivastava, IFS and Research Consultant Sahila Kudalkar met with Special Director, Enforcement Directorate Mr. Yogesh Gupta, IPS (above) and Regional […]

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