The Centre for Wildlife Studies is an internationally recognised centre-of-excellence in the arenas of wildlife research, in situ conservation, policy and education. In collaboration with Central and State Governments as well as partnerships with several national and international institutions CWS practices science-based conservation to promote protection of wildlife and wildlands.


30 years of wildlife research

Under the leadership of Dr. K. Ullas Karanth, CWS has conducted path-breaking research on the ecology and population dynamics of tigers, leopards, elephants and other Indian large mammals. Our tiger project which originated in Nagarahole (and grew to several parks across India) is the world’s longest running big cat project in the world – with over 800 individual tigers identified. CWS has been a leader in the fields of radio-telemetry, advanced field survey methods, animal population modelling and estimation. Our contributions to wildlife science include methodology for safe capture and immobilisation of wild tigers and leopards, occupancy sampling, development of innovated models and protocols for matching stripe/spot patterns, and genetic identification of individual tigers and bio-geographic taxonomy of tigers – many of which have been adopted as standard practice by scientists across the world.

CWS research has carved out a unique niche for itself globally, combining rigorous field based research with innovative methods to produce over 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications on tigers (40% of all peer-reviewed scientific papers published) and more than 150 papers on wildlife conservation and ecology. CWS has collaborated and shared its expertise with many wildlife research and conservation projects in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Russia, Thailand, as well as to African and Latin American countries.


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Effective wildlife conservation efforts have led to growing populations of tigers, leopards and elephants in India’s Western Ghats. This conservation success has increased the frequency and severity of crop and property damage, livestock predation and occasionally human injury and death. Research led by Dr Krithi K. Karanth in 17 sites across India interviewing 10,000 households identified conflict hotspots including around the Bandipur and Nagarahole Tiger Reserves. These reserves are home to globally important populations of tigers, leopards and elephants. When wildlife is seen as a cost, in lost crops and livestock, and as a threat to safety it is unsurprising that local families retaliate by killing “problem” animals. Live monitoring has enabled us to identify locations where repeated losses or encounters have taken place. For families experiencing repeat depredation incidents, we have built several predator-proof livestock sheds. Wild Seve staff also actively support other requests from people to assist them with wildlife-related issues in their village.Till date, Wild Seve has assisted by more than 12,174 families file claims with almost 5,400 families receiving $235,387 (₹ 1,61,64,286) in government compensation.

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Knowledge drives impact


We believe that the generation of scientific knowledge is the foundation to developing effective conservation interventions and robust policies


In partnership with local, national and international agencies and the government, CWS has implemented several  working models of conservation on ground.


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