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Release of turtle hatchlings

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(December 19, 2018) Chambal: The TSA/WCS India Turtle Conservation Project Team is currently experiencing ‘empty nest syndrome’ after releasing 100 Red Crowned Roofed turtle (Batagur kachuga) hatchlings into the Chambal River Sanctuary as part of an annual conservation project.The endangered red-crowned roof turtle hatchlingOnce widespread across the Gangetic river system, this Critically Endangered species is now restricted to an ever decreasing population found in the Chambal river. To supplement wild...

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Tribal woman wins 'Super Farmer' award

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(December 13, 2018) Mysuru: Daasi, a relocated tribal woman, living at the Sollepura resettlement centre in HD Kote taluk, was honoured by the leading Kannada newspaper Vijaya Karnataka with the 'VK Superstar Farmer' award for her achievements. The award was given at a function held in Mysore last week in the presence of dignitaries like Sri Trinetra Mahanta Shivayogi Swamiji and others.The HD Kote Agriculture Department also recognised her for her work and awarded her last month.Daasi, wife of late Appu reloc...

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MSc Students visit Mumbai field site

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(December 10, 2018) Mumbai: The National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore offers a Masters in Conservation and Wildlife Biology. Sixteen of the students from the latest batch, including one from Nepal and another from Bangladesh, attended the field course on human wildlife relationships. Mumbai has been an interesting site to visit as it used to be a place with severe human leopard conflict, which has now given way to a good model of dealing with the presence of high density of leopards in an area of ext...

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Imran Siddiqui honoured with Sanctuary Wildlife Service Award 2018

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(December 07, 2018) Mumbai: Imran Siddiqui of the Wildlife Conservation Society - India has been honoured with the prestigious Sanctuary Wildlife Service Award 2018.Imran Siddiqui has come a long way from raising and selling poultry to fund his wildlife obsession. He is now on the Telangana State Board for Wildlife and works as an external expert for tiger monitoring in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. He is also the Assistant Director for Conservation Science at WCS-India, and the co-founder of the Hyderabad Tig...

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WCS-India Contest Winner felicitated

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(December 01, 2018) Bengaluru: Prasad Natarajan, the winner of WCS-India Wildlife Week Conservation Images Contest, was felicitated at the WCS office in Bangalore where he met and interacted with some of the staff and scientists.Prasad receiving a mementoPrasad is a wildlife photographer and artist who has travelled extensively through the country, capturing wildlife with his lens and easel. He is a keen birder with a soft corner for Ospreys, the "tiger among the birds". Having worked in the private sector for near...

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WCS - India team meets FD Telangana Officials

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(November 28, 2018) Hyderabad: The WCS-India team had a productive meeting with the Telangana Forest Department officials today. The team strategised ways to collaboratively combat trafficking in the state by building capacity through workshops employing simulation trainings to detect, investigate and successfully prosecute wildlife criminals.(From Left) Sahila Kudalkar, Combating Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Program, WCS-India; Imran Siddiqui, Assistant Director-Conservation Science, WCS-India; Tirupathaiah, Direc...

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Pictures

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(November 16, 2018) Participants at the trainingAt the MC Halli community hallVisit to Hebbe anti-poaching campParticipants at the Basur-Kaval grassland
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Field Visits

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(November 16, 2018) Leopard sighting during morning jungle safari at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary © Pradeep HegdeAs part of the training for IFS officers, the participants were taken around the Bhadra landscape to understand the conservation context of the relocation. They went around the Lakkavalli range of Bhadra Tiger Reserve to see some of the flora and fauna in the landscape. Elephants, gaurs, sambar, cheetal, leopard, muntjac, flying squirrel, langur and mongoose were sighted while Crested serpent eagle, In...

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Feedback

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(November 16, 2018) Participants at the training were full of praise for the way the workshop was structured and carried out in a planned manner. From “laudable” to “best structured training in three decades of my career” the feedback on the training program was positive. The field visits that gave a complete picture of the relocation and a direct evidence were appreciated, with many of the officers opining that it was a more effective way of training compared to the traditional classroom le...

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KFD recognition for WCS-India staff Lokesh

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(November 14, 2018) Nagarahole: The Karnataka Forest Department has honoured WCS-India staff Lokesh K S by giving him a Certificate of Appreciation for his exemplary work in co-operating with the department to rehabilitate more than 100 tribal families from Kallala Wildlife Range of Rajeev Gandhi National Park (Nagarahole) to Masthigudi in HD Kote. His role in building a good relationship between the department and the forest dwellers was acknowledged, besides working with the staff in protection of the forest and ...

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