18 Wildlife Conservation Organizations And Initiatives In India

Time to return the love to Mother Nature!

By: Mohita Adhvaryu on Feb 17th, 2015
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In the rush of our daily lives, we often forget to think about the flora and fauna that make our planet so diverse and beautiful. While we enjoy visiting national parks, sanctuaries, click cool photos with our fancy cameras, we fail to think about the security and longevity of wildlife. However, we do have some good news! We have compiled a list of some very dedicated organizations and initiatives which are walking that extra mile to protect the animals in India. For all the animal lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and in fact, for all of us, these initiatives should serve as inspiration!

1. Project Tiger
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Project Tiger is a scheme centrally sponsored by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. This scheme covers around 47 tiger reserves located across more than 17 regions populated with tigers. Project Tiger mainly focuses on conducting assessments of number of tigers, their habitat, hunting habits, etc. All these activities are sanctioned by the Tiger Task Force.

 

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Get more information about the Dandeli Tiger Reserve here.

2. Project Elephant
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Initiated by the Government of India in 1992 as a centrally sponsored scheme, the main objective of Project Elephant is to conserve elephants, their habitat, work for issues such as human-elephant conflict and look after the welfare of domestic elephants.

 

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3. Crocodile Conservation Project
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Launched in 1976, the main objective of this project is to protect the three most endangered species of crocodile: the fresh water crocodile, gharials and salt water crocodiles. The Crocodile Conservation Project undertakes captive breeding of various species of crocodiles, looks after the hatching and rearing of gharials in order to decrease the mortality rate of crocodiles. Under Gharial Rehabilitation Project, about 200 gharials were sheltered and consequently released in the Ramganga River in Corbett National Park.

 

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4. GOI - UNDP Sea Turtle Project
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Executed by Ministry of Environment along with Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, The Government of India- UNDP Sea Turtle Project works to protect sea turtles. Launched in 1999, this project carries out rigorous surveys along the coastal areas, checks the community and legal conservation, creates awareness, gathers information about main nesting areas and also provides training to fisheries managers, researchers and biologists.

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5. Vulture Conservation
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Because of a serious decline in the population of the main species of vulture, a series of meetings and seminars are being held in India in order to address the need for vulture conservation. The National Workshop held in New Delhi in 2004, for the same cause was attended by Chief Wildlife Wardens, BNHS (Bombay Natural History Society), SACON (Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Coimbatore), GEER (Gujarat Ecological and Education Research Foundation, Gandhinagar), Department of Animal Husbandry et al.

 

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6. Indian Rhino Vision 2020
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India Rhino Vision (IRV) 2020 is an effort of pact made by the Bodoland Territorial Council, WWF (World Wildlife Fund), IRF (International Rhino Fund) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The main objective of IRV is to conserve at least 3000 greater one-horned rhinos in Assam, India by 2020.

 

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7. The Corbett Foundation
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The Corbett Foundation involves actions taken by passionate men and women who wish to protect wildlife and bring forth harmony. This Foundation raises funds, conserves various ecosystems, draws the government’s attention towards major wildlife issues and promotes wildlife research projects. This foundation works for protection of other regions such as Bandhavgarh, Kutch and Kanha as well.

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8. Wildlife Institute of India
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Wildlife Institute of India (WII) was established in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India in 1982 with an aim to provide training and courses, and promote wildlife research and management. WII is actively involved in research of biodiversity and major wildlife issues in India.

 

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9. Wildlife Protection Society of India
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Founded by Belinda Wright, an award-winning wildlife photographer and filmmaker, Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) works to manage the intractable wildlife crisis in India. The main aim of WPSI is to inform the government about poaching and wildlife trade, especially of tigers. WPSI even works for mitigating human-animal conflicts and promotes research projects.

 

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10. Wildlife Conservation Trust, Mumbai

Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) works to protect the vulnerable animals and biodiversity of India through spreading awareness across forest departments and NGOs. WCT even trains individuals for wildlife conservation.

 

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11. Wildlife SOS, India
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Established in 1995 by Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani, Wildlife SOS works against animal violence, resolves human-animal conflicts, rescues wildlife during crisis and educates people about habitat protection. Initially started to stop bears from dancing in circuses, today Wildlife SOS even has projects to rescue elephants, leopards, reptiles and various other animals.

 

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12. WWF- India
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World Wildlife Fund- India started working at Horn Bill House, Mumbai. Today, WWF- India happens to be the largest voluntary organization which works for wildlife as well as nature conservation. WWF- India promotes various academic, field projects for biodiversity and even spreads awareness about enviro-legal actions. Through strategic alliance with TRAFFIC India, WWF- India helps state governments and agencies to stop illicit wildlife trade.

 

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13. Bombay Natural History Society
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Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), established in 1883, is associated with wildlife research and conservation in India for over 130 years. BNHS mainly focuses on research, education and public awareness about wildlife and nature.

 

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14. Centre for Wildlife Studies
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Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS) was established in 1984 in Bengaluru with an aim to promote conservation of the tiger and other large mammals, along with equal emphasis for ecology through collaboration with State and Central Governments. Today, CWS is an internationally known institute for excellence in the field of wildlife research and conservation.

 

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15. Nature Conservation Foundation
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Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) works in varied animal habitats, including that of coral reefs, tropical rainforests and as far as the Himalayas. NCF works to know the fundamental needs of elephants, snow leopards and even spiders and corals. NCF even conducts research in order to address the impact of commercial usage and its effects on ecology.

 

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16. People for Animals
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People for Animals, situated in Bangalore, is a non-profit organization which industriously works to maintain harmony between human and ecology. PFA’s main concern is crisis management and legalities with respect to wildlife care.

 

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17. People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
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PETA, India has been functional in Mumbai since 2000. It works to survey the segments of society where animals are poorly treated, like in food or leather industries, entertainment industry. etc. PETA, India is known for spreading public awareness, triggering animal rescue missions and legislative work, but most importantly for improving and saving the lives of innocent animals.

 

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18. Conservation India
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Conservation India (CI) is a non-profit, non-commercial portal which is working in order to promote strategies for wildlife conservation. CI believes in working on ground rather than simply speaking about wildlife conservation.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Do you know of any other initiatives or organizations working towards animal conservation? We would love to update this list, do let us know in the comments sections below.

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Mohita Adhvaryu
Mohita studied Engineering in order to draw doodles during the class of Graphics, to write poems on circuits and to discover herself. She likes to count stars, talk with the Universe and smile for little joys of life. Apart from being a bookaholic, she loves to write, watch movies and travel with no agenda. She is addicted to Quora. You can find...   Read more
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