Category: Ongoing

Wildlife Impact Assessment of proposed Samruddhi Expressway, Maharashtra

Assessment of impacts of the proposed Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway, Maharashtra, Samruddhi Corridor on wildlife values and measures recommended mitigating negative impacts. India has the second largest road network in the world which continues to expand with the growing need for development. There is an urgent need to rethink and design new ecosystems that allow […]

Tracking the Great Indian Bustard in Maharashtra

Project Title: Tracking the Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) and mapping its potential habitat across the Deccan Landscape, Maharashtra, India. The Great Indian Bustard Ardeotis nigriceps, is a globally threatened species that has witnessed drastic decline in its population over the years. The current population in believed to be less than 200 individuals and listed […]

Genetic database of large carnivores

Developing genetic database to understand metapopulation dynamics and connectivity of tigers and other large predators across tiger landscape of Maharashtra, India Indian tigers have faced more than 90% decline in population size due to poaching, prey depletion, and human-induced habitat loss and fragmentation across the subcontinent. Their survival depends on conservation efforts focused on maintaining […]

Ecology of Asiatic Wild Dog (Dhole)

Since 2014, we have been studying dholes in the Eastern Vidarbha Landscape, Maharashtra. The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is our intensive study area within the landscape. Our work on dholes focuses on their behavioural ecology and space use. We started off by developing the first ever ethogram for the Asiatic wild dogs from the dry […]

Ecological impact of Roads on Wildlife Corridors

Ecological impact assessment of existing and proposed road infrastructure in important wildlife corridors in India for strategic planning of smart green infrastructure. Among the greatest threats to natural habitats and wildlife today is fragmentation by linear infrastructure, foremost among which are roads. As India aims to make the fruits of development accessible to all its […]

Genomics of wolves in Asia

The gray wolf is one of the most widely distributed terrestrial species and inhabits a wide variety of environments. While most research is focused in Europe and North America, the wolves of Asia are both little studied and appear to have a complicated phylogeographic history. Only recently, divergent maternal lineages of wolves have been recognized […]