Discover the benefits of protecting tigers and their habitat. In celebration of World Wildlife Day, Dr. Anish Andheria, President of the Wildlife Conservation Trust, joins Nature Initiative Director, Mark Fowler, for a conversation about tigers and how conserving the forests and landscapes where they live can empower local communities and help to regulate our global climate.
About Dr. Anish Andheria
Dr. Anish Andheria is the President of the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT), a not-for-profit, set up to preserve, protect and conserve forests and wildlife. Currently, WCT works in and around 160 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries spread across 23 states of India and catalyses path-breaking conservation action. He is a member of several Government Committees including the National Tiger Conservation Authority, an apex policy-making body of the Union Government; the State Boards of Wildlife of Maharashtra and Jammu & Kashmir; the Executive Committee of the Gujarat State Lion Conservation Society and the Executive Committee of the ‘Village Social Transformation Programme’ of Maharashtra.
He has been awarded the prestigious Carl Zeiss Conservation Award in 2008 and the UAA-Institute of Chemical Technology Distinguished Alumnus Award 2017. He is a Fellow of LEAD and has helped set up Kids for Tigers, a nation-wide conservation education programme in 2000. The programme has reached out to several million school children.
After completing his Ph.D. from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, he went on to pursue Masters in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from the NCBS, Bengaluru. He is a large carnivore biologist with immense knowledge on predator-prey relationships and has contributed to several carnivore conservation projects across India.
A wildlife photographer of repute, he has photographed some of the most remote wildlife reserves of India. His collection of over 350,000 images serves as a veritable archival record of the wildlife and wildernesses of India. His images have been widely used in national and international publications. He has co-authored two books on Indian wildlife and has contributed to several other books and publications, including scientific papers.
He is part of the Organising Committee of the India Climate Collaborative; member of the Governing Council of the Bombay Natural History Society; Trustee of the ‘Conservation Wildlands Trust; member of the Impact Advisory Board of Raintree Foundation and part of the Advisory Council of the ‘Balipara Foundation’.
A natural communicator, he is one of India’s leading motivational speakers, and has introduced thousands of young people to the joys of nature and the rationale for nature conservation.
Photo credit: Anish Andheria