Conservation

Enhancing the conservation of the endangered fishing cat through community outreach and empowerment in the Eastern Ghats of South India

The Eastern Ghats along South India’s east coast region hold several wetland habitats potentially favorable for the endangered fishing cat to inhabit. The aim of the project is to identify various human-induced threats to the survival of fishing cats in this region and address these threats via appropriate interventions as well as engaging local communities in the conservation of wetlands.

 

King Cobra conservation in the North Eastern Ghats.

The king cobra or hamadryad (Ophiophagus hannah) is the world’s longest venomous snake and being an apex predator, they are indicative of the health of herpetofauna of the region.

Indiscriminate killings of King Cobras and many other snakes species at an alarming rate in the Eastern Ghats of India due to fear and ignorance is a serious threat to the species which might lead to local extirpation if left unattended. This project aims at building capacity within the local communities through educational interventions in order to transform them into empowered citizens who could eventually deal with human-snake interactions more effectively and also assist in the conservation of snake fauna in the Eastern Ghats.

 

Conservation Status Survey of Smooth-coated Otters in the Krishna River Delta

The project aims at establishing the distribution of natural populations of smooth-coated otter packs in the project site along with an assessment of various anthropogenic threats. The project intends to collect qualitative data on the conservation status of the species that could be used to analyze and develop species conservation programs involving the local communities.

By creating awareness among locals and the general public, we plan to highlight the conservation significance of otters as a flagship species for ecological and socio-economic benefits and therefore, secure long-term future for the wildlife of the area.

 

Conservation of Rusty-spotted Cats in the North Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh.

The Rusty-spotted cat is included under Schedule-I of Indian Wildlife Act,1972 and also categorized as “Near Threatened” on the IUCN Red List. It shares the Eastern Ghats landscape with several other endangered and threatened mammals such as the tiger Asiatic wild dog Indian Pangolin and Asiatic Elephant Other mammals like the fishing cat sloth bears which are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN also inhabit the region.

The project aims to understand the natural population distribution of rusty-spotted cats in the Eastern Ghats region and assess various sources of threats to the survival of the species in the proposed project site.

 

Vizag Urban Wildlife Project

It’s a common misconception that wildlife exists only in forested areas away from cities and towns. Even the densest of cities have wild animals.  Industrialization, indiscriminate construction of buildings, quarrying of hills, increased pollution levels, deforestation, lack of awareness among the urban and rural population, unchecked poaching, domestic and invasive species have taken a major toll on the survival of native flora and fauna of Visakhapatnam in the recent years.

Threats to urban ecosystems due to rapid urbanization.

  • Habitat loss and fragmentation.
  • Environmental pollution.
  • Invasive species.
  • Scarcity of food due to changes in resource composition.
  • Disease due to interaction with domestic animals.
  • Behavior responses due to development resulting in low reproductive rates.
  • Affects of meso-predator population rise due to local extinction of top carnivores

 

Conservation Outreach

We believe that raising awareness and educating the public about environment and wildlife is the key to conservation. We carry out a number of education programs, school competitions, awareness talks, lectures and workshop to a varied group such as students, teachers, the general public and local residents throughout the year on various issues pertaining to wildlife conservation and environmental protection.