Making a difference with science based conservation

The Centre for Wildlife Studies is a non-profit trust based in Bengaluru, India. Inspired by the pioneering tiger studies of Dr. George Schaller, founder-trustee Dr. K. Ullas Karanth established CWS in 1984. CWS is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in the arenas of wildlife research, policy, education and in situ conservation.

We practice science based conservation with special emphasis on the ecology and conservation of the tiger, its sympatric predators, and other large mammals.
Recently, our ecological research has extended to  amphibians, birds, butterflies and trees. We have expanded to include human dimensions of conservation examining conflict, resource extraction, hunting, voluntary resettlement tourism, and land use change. Our collaborative efforts have produced more 275 scientific publications and thousands of popular articles. We have aided the development of state and national policies multiple conservation issues in India. We work in collaboration with Central and State Governments in India to promote conservation of wildlife and wild lands. Several international charities as well as other Indian agencies and donors support our projects.

We have played a catalytic role in supporting local communities in optimising use of government-sponsored voluntary resettlement and other social welfare programs. In the areas of conflict mitigation, education, healthcare, agriculture, finance and alternate livelihoods, we have provided extensive support to families living in and around wildlife reserves. We have assisted more than 2500 people establish livelihoods following voluntary resettlement and > 20,000 households in human-wildlife conflict mitigation and compensation efforts. These initiatives are implemented in collaboration with a network of dedicated local partners who engage with government officials, opinion makers and social leaders in several places across India.

We believe in inspiring and involving people in saving India’s wildlife and wild places. We have formally educated and trained more than 125 Master’s and doctoral students and have engaged over 6000 citizen scientists and over 1,00,000 school children. Uncompromisingly committed to wildlife conservation, we believe our science, conservation, policy and education activities have made valuable contributions to saving India’s wildlife and serving its people.