Milestones

  • WCS – India Program began the study of tiger ecology in 1986. Today, this is the longest running scientific study of tigers covering the largest wild tiger population in the wild, globally. The study has new knowledge on tiger-prey ecology and over 100 scientific publications have been generated in high impact scientific journals so far.

 

  • WCS – India Program research has led to collaborative development of several new techniques including photographic capture-recapture sampling, tiger and prey spatial occupancy modeling, line transect estimation and pattern matching and fecal DNA-based genetic identification – all of which are now applied globally.

 

  • WCS – India Program conservation models recognize the value of incentive-based, voluntary and fair relocation of people away from critical wildlife habitats as a win-win solution to promote conservation and human welfare. For over two decades we have partnered with governments and committed local NGOs to assist in the relocation of almost 900 families in Karnataka.

 

  • WCS – India Program has partnered with National Centre for Biological Sciences and other organizations to establish a world class Masters Degree program in wildlife biology and conservation in Bangalore. Launched in the year 2004, the program has trained scores of students from across the country.