Wildlife Conservation Trust

Photo by Dhritiman Mukherjee

Using the Tiger as a metaphor for all of nature, Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) was envisioned to preserve and protect India’s rich natural heritage. Currently, WCT works in and around 160 Protected Areas across 23 states in the country covering 82% of India’s 50 tiger reserves, 21% of the 769 Protected Areas and impacting a population base of approximately 3.5 million people. WCT works towards the mitigation of anthropogenic pressures through a robust and tested 360 degree approach with a firm belief in landscape-level conservation of both wildlife and their habitats, sustainably factoring in the needs of people dependent on these forests.

The communities living in and around India’s forests depend heavily on forest produce to supplement their income. We help impart vocational training to young people and co-ordinate with over 100 job providers to find them gainful employment, thereby reducing their dependency and negative impact on forests.

We understand the value of education to a child’s future and work extensively with government schools in forests by building the capacity of teachers, providing infrastructural support and creating alternative avenues for learning.

Realising that these remotely-located communities lack access to quality healthcare, we conduct health camps, providing relief to both villagers and forest department staff.

Our efforts in these three arenas are greatly complimented by our protection initiatives. We work closely with forest departments to ensure that they have the best equipment and training to carry out their duties. In a first of its kind initiative, we provided multi-utility rescue vehicles to parks to tackle man-animal conflict and also equipped 2,100 Anti-poaching Camps in over 60 parks. Our team has imparted enforcement training to over 8,700 staff and continues to conduct sessions in forest institutes. Above all we conduct scientific research to push for more robust wildlife management policies.

Organisational highlights:

  • In less than a decade, we have reached 160 protected areas through our conservation efforts.
  • The only non-governmental organisation conducting large scale tiger population estimation in wildlife corridors and habitats outside protected areas.
  • WCT, plays a pivotal role as a member to :
  • The advisory board, Global Tiger Forum
  • The advisory board, National Tiger Conservation Authority
  • State Boards of Wildlife- Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan
  • Executive Committee of the Madhya Pradesh Tiger Foundation Society
  • One of the four non-governmental organisations entrusted with the All India Tiger Population estimation exercise.
  • Over 11500 forest staff trained in effectively implementing the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 through our wildlife law enforcement training exercises.
  • WCT, highlighted the effects of linear infrastructures cutting across wildlife habitats and corridors through the citizen science project, ‘RoadKills’.
  • WCT helps impart quality education to over 82000 children from 728 schools in and around the buffer areas of 11 tiger reserves.
  • ‘Caring for Conservators’ our health programme for the frontline forest staff reaches over 16000 forest guards and watchers through preventive health assessments.
  • Effectively trained over 1100 forest staff in Trauma Management to enhance their safety in the field.

 

Baffle Board Bandhavgarh Wildlife Conservation Trust

WCT’s President Dr. Anish Andheria explains the use of baffle board to officials in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

 

First aid kit Bandhavgarh RRU Wildlife Conservation Trust

Officials in Bandhavgarh understand the components of the first aid kit in an RRU.

 

Officials at Anamalai with RRU Wildlife Conservation Trust

Officials at Anamalai Tiger Reserve with their RRU.

 

Sloth bear caught in camera trap – Wildlife Conservation Trust

A sloth bear with her two cubs clinging to her back walks past a camera trap.

 

Porcupine in camera trap - Wildlife Conservation Trust

Our camera traps picks up a multitude of species including a porcupine.

 

Rapid response Unit - Wildlife Conservation Trust

RRUs contain all the equipment forest staff need in an emergency.

 

RRU with 4WD vehicle and motorcycles at Panna - Wildlife Conservation Trust

Each RRU comprises of a modified 4WD vehicle and three motorcycles.

 

Panna forest guards RRU training - Wildlife Conservation Trust

Panna forest guards are trained in using an RRU.

 

Wildlife Conservation Trust RRU donated to Pench Tiger Reserve

A WCT RRU donated to Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.

 

Pitching tents from an RRU in Pench – Wildlife Conservation Trust

Officials from Pench, Maharashtra learn how to put up the tents included in an RRU.

 

Megaphone in RRU Ranthambore - Wildlife Conservation Trust

Officials in Ranthambore are briefed about the megaphone included in an RRU to help during crowd control.

 

RRUs backpacks - Wildlife Conservation Trust

RRUs also include a range of personal equipment for forest guards such as backpacks, rain and winter gear and sturdy shoes.

 

RRU personal equipment - Wildlife Conservation Trust

The personal equipment included in an RRU allows officials to weather extreme conditions during conflict situations.

 

RRU at Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve- Wildlife Conservation Trust

RRU is handed over to officials at Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.

 

RRU baffle boards, walkie-talkies and helmets - Wildlife Conservation Trust

An RRU includes essential pieces of equipment such as baffle boards, walkie-talkies and helmets.

 

Vehicles with lightweight carnivore trap cages - Wildlife Conservation Trust

Our vehicles are equipped with specially designed lightweight carnivore trap cages to minimise injury to wild animals during rescue operations.

 

 

Rapid Response Boat Sunderbans Tiger Reserve - Wildlife Conservation Trust

A Rapid Response Boat was donated to the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, West Bengal to help officials patrol the waterways more effectively.

 

Rapid Response Unit at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve - Wildlife Conservation Trust

A Nilgai or Blue Bull investigates a Rapid Response Unit at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.

 

 

Chinkara is photographed mid leap on a WCT camera trap

A chinkara is photographed mid leap on a WCT camera trap.

 

Wolves – WCT camera trap

A trio of wolves trooped past a WCT camera trap, one decided to stop and take a closer look.

 

Leopards caught in camera trap – WCT

Two leopards spotted on a WCT camera trap.

 

Peacocks – camera trap- Wildlife Conservation Trust

Sometimes the camera traps pick up the most incredible natural history moments. India’s national bird caught on a WCT camera.

 

Bonnet macaque - camera trap- Wildlife Conservation Trust

A bonnet macaque peers into a WCT camera trap set up in the forest.

 

Jackals - camera trap - Wildlife Conservation Trust

WCT researchers were thrilled to spot two jackals among the images collected from our camera traps.

 

Tiger – Pench - camera trap - Wildlife Conservation Trust

A tiger in Pench photographed on a WCT camera trap.

 

Tiger counting - camera trap - Wildlife Conservation Trust

A tiger strolls past a WCT camera trap. We are using these cameras to count tigers in and around Protected Areas.

 

WCT researchers set up a camera trap

WCT researchers set up a camera trap. A key component of our work is training forest officials in camera trapping techniques.

 

WCT team member mimics a tiger to test camera trap

A WCT team member mimics a tiger to make sure that the cameras are positioned at the right height.

 

WCT team explains how camera trap works

The WCT team spends time with forest officials, explaining how the camera trap works.

 

WCT team positions a camera trap on a tree

WCT’s Milind Pariwakam positions a camera trap on a tree.

 

Newly equipped APC at Anamalai Tiger Reserve - WCT

Officials at the Anamalai Tiger Reserve pose outside their newly equipped APC.

 

WCT designed a pilot APC that is solar-powered

WCT designed a pilot APC that is solar-powered, has water harvesting facility, an inbuilt efficient cooking stove, lot of natural light and naturally-insulating bricks. It is environmentally-friendly and cost-effective.

 

WCT donated reverse osmosis units to APCs

WCT donated reverse osmosis units to APCs so that officials had access to clean water.

 

APC-cum-solar shed built with WCT support in Bandipur Tiger Reserve

An APC-cum-solar shed built with WCT support in Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

 

Testing the water filter – Kanha – Wildlife Conservation Trust

An official in Kanha tests the water from a filter donated by WCT.

 

Water filter – Kanha – Wildlife Conservation Trust

A mahout in Kanha fills a glass of water from a filtration unit donated by WCT to ensure access to safe water.

 

WCT donates small items such as trunks, chairs and mattresses to APCs

WCT donates small items such as trunks, chairs and mattresses to APCs so that officials can live comfortably.

 

WCT donates Solar Integrated Systems at Kanha

APCs in Kanha received Solar Integrated Systems so that officials could charge small pieces of equipment like mobile phones.

 

WCT invested in designing special Solar Integrated Systems

WCT invested in designing special Solar Integrated Systems and over 2000 units have been installed in APCs across India.

 

WCT set up base station at Chulkati in the Sunderbans Biosphere Reserve

In Chulkati in the Sunderbans Biosphere Reserve, forest staff requird a base station. Due to its remoteness, the costs were extremely high. WCT stepped in and today, the camp allows staff to patrol 200 sq. km. of forest earlier inaccessible to them.

 

Solar Integrated Systems donated by WCT at Tadoba

Officials in Tadoba understand how to use and maintain the Solar Integrated Systems donated to them by WCT.

 

An APC in Umred equipped by WCT

An APC in Umred equipped by WCT.

 

First-aid kits distributed by WCT at the Bhadra Tiger Reserve

First-aid kits are distributed to officials at the Bhadra Tiger Reserve.

 

Tests to check for non-communicable diseases at Periyar - WCT

Officials at Periyar underwent a series of tests to check for non-communicable diseases.

 

Lab testing for field staff at Periyar Tiger Reserve by WCT

Lab testing for field staff at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

 

First-aid kits provided by Wildlife Conservation Trust in Ranthambore

A set of first-aid kits were provided to officials living in APCs in Ranthambore.

 

Camp medical officer from WCT speaks to field staff at Ranthambore

A camp medical officer speaks to field staff at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.

 

Ranthambore health check-up organised by WCT

Officials at Ranthambore register for a health check-up organised by WCT.

 

DFO of Ranthambore with the MHU team - WCT

Sudarshan Sharma, DFO, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve stands with the MHU team.

 

Wildlife Conservation Trust health camp at Sariska

An officer in Sariska gets a check-up by a physician at a WCT health camp.

 

The WCT MHU at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

The WCT MHU at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.

 

Amarkantak Forest Training School - WCT

Wildlife Crime Prevention training by Wildlife Conservation Trust at Amarkantak Forest Training School.

 

Balaghat, Rangers Training School - WCT

Balaghat, Rangers Training School.

 

Wildlife Crime Prevention Training at Chandrapur - WCT

Wildlife Crime Prevention Training organised by Wildlife Conservation Trust at Chandrapur.

 

Wildlife Law Enforcement Training at Chikhaldara - WCT

Wildlife Law Enforcement Training at Chikhaldara.

 

Crime Scene Mapping exercise by Wildlife Conservation Trust at Chikhaldara

Crime Scene Mapping exercise organised by Wildlife Conservation Trust at Chikhaldara.

 

Wildlife Law Enforcement Training at Panchmarhi - WCT

Wildlife Law Enforcement Training at Panchmarhi organised by Wildlife Conservation Trust.

 

WCT training workshop Wildlife Crime Prevention at Spiti

WCT conducts a training workshop on Provisions under the Wildlife Protection Act for Wildlife Crime Prevention at Spiti.

 

Crime Scene Investigation workshop at Kundal – WCT

WCT conducts a training workshop on Crime Scene Investigation at Kundal.

 

Training for forest guards in Madhya Pradesh – WCT

Wildlife Conservation Trust conducts training for forest guards in Madhya Pradesh.

 

WCT conducts a 3 day Training Module on Wildlife Law Enforcement

Wildlife Conservation Trust conducts a 3 day Training Module on Wildlife Law Enforcement for Forest Training School at Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh.

 

Inauguration of RRUs donated by Wildlife Conservation Trust at Mudumalai

Mudumalai forest officials at the inauguration of their RRUs donated by Wildlife Conservation Trust.

 

RRU donated by WCT to the Anamalai Tiger Reserve

An RRU donated by WCT to the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

 

RRU in Anamalai - Wildlife Conservation Trust

Forest officials selected to man a RRU in Anamalai receive a briefing on the equipment in the vehicle.

 

WCT’s President Dr. Anish Andheria hands over two RRUs to Dudhwa

WCT’s President Dr. Anish Andheria hands over two RRUs to Dudhwa forest officials.