CITES Update: Big Win for Pangolins with Near-unanimous Vote for Total Trade Ban
CITES Update: Jubilation as CITES Votes to Stop Discussions Aimed at Promoting a Framework for Ivory Trade
Ongoing RAP in Odisha Uses Street Plays, Mock Drills as Human-Bear Conflict Mitigation Tools
WTI, Odisha Forest Department Commence Advanced Training Workshop in Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation at Similipal
On World Rhino Day: Eight Famous Orphans, Three Incredible Mothers, and Some Hair-munching Idiocy
Refresher Training in Wildlife Crime Prevention Conducted for Frontline Staff of Indravati TR, Barnawapara WLS
MVS Bandipur Assists Karnataka Forest Department in Release of Maddur Conflict Leopard
ONGC, WTI Felicitate Conservation Guides on the Successful Completion of their Skills Development Training
A Rural Kho Kho Tournament to Spread the Message of Tiger Conservation
IFAW and WTI to Partner with Sri Lankan Government on Asian Giants Conference
Stakeholders of the Whale Shark Conservation Project Host Media Interaction on International Whale Shark Day
First-ever Governing Council Meeting of MVS Bandipur Cements Collaboration between Karnataka Forest Department and WTI
ERN Teams Provide Veterinary Relief to Flood-affected Animals in Bihar and Assam
First-hand Account: MVS Team Sedates, Treats and Releases Wild ‘Makhna’ Elephant
Assam Chief Minister Visits CWRC, Takes Stock of Flood-rescued Animals
Villagers and Sarus Protection Committee Members Apprehend, Hand Over Bird Poachers to UP Forest Department
Remembering Ashok Kumar, Conservation Legend, WTI’s Founder and Chairman Emeritus
North Bank MVS Helps Forest Department Reunite Rescued Elephant Calf with Mother
WTI and Odisha Government Hold Inter-sectoral Meeting for OSCOW-MAP
Manas National Park Officially Becomes ‘Greater Manas’ with Issuance of Historic Gazette Notification
Conservation Legend Ashok Kumar, WTI's Chairman Emeritus, Turns 81
Wildlife Crime Prevention Training Conducted for Frontline Staff of Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve
WTI CEO Visits Schoolchildren Who Sacrificed Mid-day Meal to Buy Milk Formula for Rhino Calves
Kaziranga Flood Update: Unwell Elephant Calf Rescued by Forest Staff, Treated by MVS Team
First-ever Skill Development Workshop on Settled Cultivation Held at Chandigre, Garo Hills
Three Flood-rescued Rhino Calves Introduced to Outdoor Paddock at CWRC
Kaziranga Flood Update: Schoolchildren Forgo Mid-day Meal, Buy Milk Formula for Rhino Calves
Photo of the Week!
Photo: Rupa Gandhi/WTI/ 30.09.16
The Man-eater of Mailani
Late last month a WTI team successfully tranquilised and captured a male tiger, a designated man-eater who would otherwise have been put down. A first-person account of that entire operation by one of our intrepid men on the ground, Achintya Tripathi
One Rescue, 29 Lives
It was one of the happiest moments of my life: the sight of a tiny serpent head peeping out from a cracked eggshell in the makeshift incubation crate we had created for its giant mother and all her eggs.
Wandering Tigers and Conservation Hacks
The migrant lifestyle may have its air of romance, but for tigers in India that move between Protected Areas – as they must, to establish their own territories, to escape natural disasters or find better prey – it is fraught with danger.
The Leopard's Lament
It is difficult to predict what will happen with a sedated animal running free. It could lie low till the effect of the sedatives has passed and then make a dash for safety.
A Happier Home for Two Udaypur Hog Deer
In January this year, while I was working as a rehabilitator for IFAW-WTI's Emergency Relief Network at the International Kite Festival in Porbandar, Gujarat, I received news of an opportunity to work with a pair of captive Hog Deer (Axis porcinus)
Zero Tolerance for Blood Ivory: the Sri Lankan Way
In his blog Jose Louies takes us through a historic day that saw religious boundaries being blurred to stop #BloodIvory trade. On Jan 26, Sri Lanka crushed and burnt 359 tusks in a religious ceremony in Colombo and prayed for souls of dead elephants
As Good as it Gets
As a wildlife vet posted with WTI’s MVS unit in Bandipur Tiger Reserve, I have handled quite a few strange and some rather amusing cases. But the case I was called out on a couple of weeks ago is worth telling a story. Blog by Dr Shanatanu Kalambi
Developing a Mobile App to Help Curb Wildlife Crime
The following is a first person account by Jose Louise on his experiment with technology to fight wildlife trade in Bhutan.
The Mad Dash...
Blog by Dr Shantanu Kalambi. I always imagined a wildlife veterinarian’s job required a high level of fitness with loads of running towards animals and running away from them,jumping on crocodiles (Steve Irwin be praised). Sadly, it isn't.
Pakke Conservation Project
Under the Pakke Conservation Project, the Centre for Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation (CBRC) is the first specialised rehabilitation centre for Asiatic black bears in India. Supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), the centre was established jointly by the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in 2002, with an aim to rehabilitate displaced cubs back into the wild.
West Coast Marine Conservation Project
West Coast Marine Conservation Project in Gujarat has two components -- the Whale Shark Conservation Project and the Coral Reef Recovery Project. A joint venture of the Gujarat Forest Department, Tata Chemicals Limited and WTI, the project activities involve scientific studies of whale sharks through photo-identification, genetic analysis and satellite tagging. Moreover, the Coral Reef Recovery Project seeks to develop and implement appropriate strategies for the conservation of Mithapur reef.
Central India Wild Buffalo Conservation Project
The Udanti Wild Buffalo Recovery Project aims to stabilise the wild buffalo population in Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhattisgarh by implementing a number of ex situ and in situ interventions.
Wildlife Crime Control App (WCCA) Ver 1.0
In a major boost to combating wildlife crimes, for the first time in India, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) with support of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has developed an Android based smartphone application wherein users can report wildlife crimes from anywhere across the country using their phones. The app also has an integrated digital version of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 and was formally handed over to WCCB on November 3, 2014.
Exclusively for Kids!
Animal Action Education Programme (AAE)
Animal Action Education is the largest animal-focused educational activity in the world and draws participation of millions of children world wide. Organised in 18 countries including India, dive into the world of animals as the various packs teach you all you need to know about from elephants and tigers to cats and dogs!
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A house damaged by migrating elephants. The village – more of a hamlet with just 19 houses – was a hotbed of human-elephant conflict, particularly when the paddy crop ripened.
WTI began working on conflict mitigation in this region in 2012. Confidence building measures like this water storage and bathing facility at Sar Kro Village were among the first steps, with support from JTEF and IUCN NL
WTI partnered with the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council to develop a consensus for the voluntary relocation of villagers. In 2013 the King of Karbi Anglong laid the foundation stone for the creation of a new Karbi village.
WTI also teamed up with UK-based NGO Elephant Family to plan and develop New Ram Terang – a model ethnic Karbi village, 6 kilometres from the old village and out of the elephants’ way.
Villagers moving in to their new houses. The new village offers well constructed homes and better facilities to the villagers, and of course, the freedom to sow and reap their crops without fear of elephants.
On 5 June 2015, World Environment Day, school and college children from the region planted saplings in Ram Terang’s old location, signifying the ‘rewilding’ of the area.
New Ram Terang as it looks today. In November 2015, WTI CEO Vivek Menon and Elephant Family CEO Ruth Powys had handed over a ceremonial bunch of keys to the Gaon Burha, the village headman, marking the village’s completion.
Elephant footprints and scattered bananas in this picture from April 2016 show that elephants have reclaimed the area where Ram Terang once stood.
A pile of elephant dung on a broken fence at the village’s former location. The picture tells the story: elephants once again have undisputed right of passage through the Kalaphar-Daigurung elephant corridor.
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