Human-wildlife Interface Management

The Wildlife Conservation Trust plays a key role in tracking and monitoring carnivores such as tigers and leopards that dwell close to human settlements and have been at the forefront of direct interventions, including tranquilising animals, radio-collaring large carnivores, and also conducting post-mortem of deceased tigers to ascertain the cause of death.

WCT uses radiotelemetry to understand how dispersing tigers use corridors. This helps the Government to plan and implement community interventions for mitigating conflict arising from the interaction between people and tigers. WCT assists state Forest Departments in radio-collaring tigers that have strayed into human dominated landscapes or are in the process of being rewilded, to facilitate their management.

The HWIM project has the following core components:

a) Human-carnivore Conflict Management
b) Rescue and Rehabilitation of Injured/Orphaned/Distressed Wildlife
c) Application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in monitoring tigers in human-dominated landscapes
d) Assist the government in conducting post-mortem of large carnivores
e) Systematic strengthening of government institutions

From our own observations and experience, the outcome of any wildlife rescue operation is directly dependent on equipment and protective gear at the disposal of rescue teams and their general motivation. Rescue teams are often on the move in remote, inaccessible areas and are bereft of basic amenities and equipment. Concerned about the challenging conditions rescue teams are exposed to on a daily basis, WCT equips regional rescue squads of state Forest Departments with critical rescue equipment, personal safety gear, and uniforms to improve efficiency and safety of the team members.