Wildlife Trust of India
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The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) is an Indian nature conservation organisation to conserve wildlife and its habitat and to work for the welfare of individual wild animals. WTI has been credited for achieving conservation milestones such as Recovering population of critically endangered species, Translocation of Species, Reducing Human-Animal Conflict, Rescue and Rehabilitation of Animals including Elephants,Tigers,Leopards, One-horned Rhino and Bears.
|Non Profit Organisation, Charitable Trust, Government Organisation|
|Industry||Animal Welfare Wildlife Conservation Environment Protection|
|Founded||1998, New Delhi, INDIA|
|Headquarters||NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh INDIA|
|Dr.M.K.Ranjitsinh, Mr.Ashok Kumar, Mr.Vivek Menon, Dr NVK Ashraf, Dr PC Bhattacharjee|
|Services||Rapid Action, Guardians of the Wild, Emergency Rescue, Habitat Protection, Right of Passage, Species Recovery, Conservation Action|
Number of employees
|150+ (All India)|
WTI was formed in November 1998 in response to the rapidly deteriorating condition of wildlife in India. WTI is a registered charity in India (under Section 12A of the Income Tax Act, 1961).
WTI currently focuses its resources on six priority landscapes – northeast India, western Himalayas, terai, southern Ghats system, central India and marine.
They are administratively classified as ‘Depth’ or ‘Breadth’ projects: WTI currently runs 12 Depth Projects that holistically address multiple conservation hurdles specific to an area through a multi-pronged approach. These projects, most often than not incorporate more than one of WTI’s Big Ideas into their goals and generally last multiple years. The Breadth Projects are those that address specific conservation issues that may not be limited in time and space in the country. These projects most often than not address only one of WTI’s priorities. These include capacity building of frontline staff, prevention of wild animal (particularly elephant) death due to train hits, Rapid Action Project aid to grassroots NGOs and individuals among others. wildlife conservation is the regulation of animals and plants in such a way as to provide for their continuance. efforts at preventing the depletion of present population and ensuring the continued existence of the habitats targeted species need to survive. techniques involve establishment of sanctuaries, and controls on hunting etc.
About 150 professionals from diverse backgrounds - conservation biologists, scientists, sociologists, wildlife veterinarians, managers, lawyers, finance experts and communication specialists are based in any of the 15 field stations in remote parts of the country and a central coordinating office in the national capital region. An eight-member Executive Management Team comprises experienced conservationists, scientists, managers and bureaucrats. The Board of Trustees of WTI comprises nine bodies.
WTI functions through partnerships and coalitions. Regional partners provide geographical oversight, technical partners provide the expertise and skill that may be required in specific projects, and international partners help in fund raising and global positioning. WTI has been a pioneer in conservation strategy and ethics which led to a lot of success stories and acclaim by conservation experts. The core team at WTI comprises biologists, conservationists, veterinarians, communication professionals and lawyers who pool their respective skills to a common end.
WTI programmes are supported, among others, by:
- Ministry of Environment & Forest, Government of India
- Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India.
- State Forest & Wildlife Departments.
- International Fund for Animal Welfare
- David Shepherd Conservation Foundation, United Kingdom.
- United States Fish and Wildlife Service
- Tata Chemicals Ltd.
- Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Ltd.
- The Serenity Trust
- Charities Aid Foundation
- Born Free Foundation
- Rufford Foundation
- Care for the Wild International
- World Animal Protection
- Japan Wildlife Conservation Society
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
- British High Commission, New Delhi
- National Mineral Development Corporation