Ecology and Management of Large Carnivores in India

Year: 1989-1995

Driven by the WCS – India conservation philosophy of seeking innovative and pragmatic solutions for wildlife conservation problems with the framework of sound science, the project aimed at understanding predatory ecology and social organization of tigers, leopard and dholes. Cutting-edge methodology was used during the course of this project, which was held within a well-protected tropical forest site. Line transect sampling, food habitat studies, radiotelemetry and camera trapping technologies were deployed to understand the ecology of large carnivores.

The project set the stage for country-wide sample survey of the tiger and its prey populations spanning a diverse range of ecosystems. It also set the precedent for the long-term study of predator-prey dynamics at Nagarahole National Park.