The climate change is real, and the harm it is causing to our environment is taking place quickly. There are thousands of species across the world that are endangered, and some of them are almost extinct. In India, we have several species that are getting affected by climate change, and this is causing harm to them.
There are several initiatives started by various organizations to save the biodiversity and endangered species of the country. The Government of India has taken a step further in this direction to protect such species and educate people about the changes that are taking place in the country. One such initiative by the government is the Wildlife Institute of India (WII).
What is the Wildlife Institute of India?
Established in May 1982 by the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate change, Government of India, the Wildlife Institute of India was a research center that conducted wildlife research in different areas. The fields for the research by the institute are:
- Endangered Species
- Wildlife Policy
- Wildlife Management
- Wildlife Forensics
- Spatial Modeling
- Habitat Ecology
- Climate Change
The Wildlife Institute of India is equipped with a research facility that includes Forensics, Remote sensing and GIS, Laboratory, Herbarium, and an Electronic Library. The founder-director of the institute was V. B. Saharia, whereas the first director was Hemendra Singh Panwar, who was the director of the platform from 1985 to 1994. The institute has trained people over the years to contribute to studying and protecting wildlife in India.
Located in Chandrabani, the institute is close to the southern forests of Dehradun, India. The campus is located in 180 acres, out of which 100 acres in the wilderness and 80 acres belong to the institution.
Flora, Fauna, and facts about the Wildlife Institue of India
Wildlife Institue of India is situated between the lush green Sal forests and is the home for about 556 floras and 600 faunas that include reptiles, mammals, butterflies, fishes, birds, moths, etc. The rich biodiversity of India helps the sprouting wildlife photographers to make paths for their new careers.
The WII is famous for the database that it holds, which counts more than 400 bibliographic references on Indian elephants, 1000 recommendations on crocodiles, etc. The institute also focuses on different cat species and the problems that are faced by them in the country, and if you are a cat person, then you can do complete research on them with these references.
The Wildlife Institute of India is working actively in the direction of saving tigers as they have set up the country’s first tiger cell with the affiliation of NTCA (National Tiger Conservation Act). They maintain a database for the living tigers and keep a check on poaching and hunting cases.
Courses offered by Wildlife Institute of India
The courses offered by the Wildlife Institute of India are:
- MSc. (Wildlife Science)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Wildlife Management
- Short term Wildlife Management Course
- Certificate Course in Wildlife Management
- Three-week course in Wildlife Management
- One-week workshop in Environment and Nature Conservation
- Two-week course in Wildlife Management
- One-week course for AIS and Central Service Officers
- Two-week course in Interpretation and Conservation Education