Current Focus Areas:
Recent species of focus include sloth bears, Asiatic black bears, striped hyenas, Indian leopards and Asian elephants, herpetofauna of lowland dry deciduous forests and other Subcontinental ecosystems.
Ex Situ (Captive Programs Focused on Animal Welfare)
We continue to rescue wildlife that have been poached or illegally apprehended for use in indigenous practices such as dancing of street bears and forced begging of domesticated street elephants by private owners.
We nearly extinguished the Kalandar practice of dancing street bears and continue to seek out incidental practices associated with sloth bears of which as few as 5,000 may remain in the wild. Such illegal activities are most common in remote transboundary regions.
In Situ (Field Programs Focused on Human-Wildlife Conflict)
We recently launched a telemetry study after collaring a sloth bear that we translocated to the Suhelwa Wildlife Sanctuary near the Indo-Nepal border. The bear had been involved in a conflict situation in a village far south of the border……
Our leopard rescue and conservation program targets these magnificent big cats and removes them from conflict situations or escalating circumstances that could ultimately injure or kill both humans and leopards. We refer to such negative interactions as human-wildlife conflict.